VSI Aerospace rocket science gets a boost from IEDA

AMES, Iowa — The team at VSI Aerospace Inc. are experts at interpreting the concepts basic to rocket science into educational games. The company is beta testing its product, DAVinCI Flight, a game designed to fill a need for effective tools for teaching science, technology, engineering and math concepts to students in middle school through undergraduate levels.

The company recently won a $100,000 loan from the Iowa Economic Development Authority through the Iowa Demonstration Fund. The fund provides financial assistance to encourage commercialization activities by small companies in the advanced manufacturing, biosciences and information technology industries. The primary purpose of the fund is to help businesses with a high-growth potential reach a position where they are able to attract later-stage, private-sector funding.

Educators can have faith in the knowledge behind the game. VSI Aerospace was founded in 2007 in Ames to research and commercialize software used for aerospace systems modeling, analysis, visualization and synthesis. The company’s key intellectual property is a suite of software that can be used for aerospace systems modeling, performance evaluation and health monitoring. VSI Aerospace has received grants from NASA, NAVY and NSF.

The game is available online at http://www.davinciflight.com.

Source: Iowa Economic Development Authority

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