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Budding Biologist

We are creating a fun biology video game to teach K-5 students science using Common Core Standards with a Q3 2013 NSF SBIR Phase 1 grant.

  • Stage Product In Development
  • Industry Education
  • Location Woodland, CA, USA
  • Currency USD
  • Founded April 2012
  • Employees 2
  • Website

Company Summary

We produce artistic and scientifically accurate video games and books to engage kids in science both at home and at school. We have received an NSF SBIR grant to start creating ecology-themed video games for children in grades 1-5. We will release a series of three tablet apps starting in Q1 2014 for home use and will packaged these with teacher tools that are tied in with the new standards for school use (Q3 2016).


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    Emily Zora
    Business Manager

    Emily Bingham Zora is the business manager of Budding Biologist. She has a degree in computer science from North Carolina State University and an MBA from Indiana University. She has previous experience working in video game design as the production assistant at Epic Games, and has extensive experience with software programing.

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    Katy Castronovo

    Katy Castronovo is an owner/partner of Budding Biologist and the creative mind behind the company. She has a degree in Painting and Drawing from Ohio State and has 10 years of experience producing and showing art. She will create the images used in the game in order to capture the imagination and attention of the players. The game will also use Katy’s characters that she is currently creating for the Budding Biologist brand.

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    Karen Boley
    Education Director

    Karen Boley has a BA in elementary education from the University of Mount Union and an MS in language education from Indiana University, with a focus on ESL and reading. She has over a decade of experience as a teacher and an administrator both in the U.S. and Switzerland.

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    Kristine Callis-Duehl

    Kristine received her PhD in biology from the University of Florida in 2013. She became interested in youth science education as a NSF-GK12 fellow, where she received two years of training in inquiry-based science education. Her PhD research is on plant-insect interactions under Dr. Doug Levey. Kristine also has experience with managing large projects.

Previous Investors

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    National Science Foundation Small Business and Innovative Research Grant - Phase 1