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LOCAL COMPANY RECEIVES SBIR GRANT

 PAOLI, Pa., July 15 /PRNewswire/ -- Blue Lightning Data & Software, Inc. has been awarded a $50,000 Phase I SBIR grant from the National Institute of Mental Health.
 The SBIR grant, titled "Guiding Cognitive Development: An Expert System Approach," will fund development of science education software for use by school students in grades 3 through 7.
 Blue Lightning will be working with Dr. William D. Milheim, academic program coordinator of the Instructional Systems Program at Penn State Great Valley.
 To improve the science competency of American students, educators have suggested that science and math curricula focus more on problem- solving and less on memorizing facts. The software developed under this grant will use creation of an expert system to teach scientific problem- solving and other learning skills to elementary school students while providing the additional benefit of developing higher order thinking skills.
 Students from local schools will evaluate the prototype for its ease of use and educational efficacy.
 Blue Lightning Data & Software, Inc. was founded in 1989 to produce and market knowledge-based software for scientific research. The company recently shipped its first product, BioAlmanac(TM), a CD-ROM database for biochemical research and development.
 Product development was made possible by more than $650,000 in grants from the National Institutes of Health and the Ben Franklin Partnership. Company headquarters are located in Paoli.
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