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Empirical Grammar is personalized grammar lessons. Students proofread essays laden with errors and then receive personalized homework.

  • Stage Prototype Ready
  • Industry Education
  • Location Darien, CT, USA
  • Currency USD
  • Founded November 2012
  • Employees 3
  • Website

Company Summary

Empirical is a not for profit developer of interactive knowledge. Interactive knowledge is knowledge gained through experience. There is a significant problem in digital education today. Publishers tend to equate watching videos with learning. This is a problem because we retain very little of what we are told, but we retain far more of what we do ourselves. At Empirical we create problem sets for students to interact with and solve.


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    Peter Justice Gault
    Executive Director

    Peter is the executive director of Empirical. Peter has spent the last eight years studying how games are constructed and how people learn. His goal is to build games where people learn by constructing their own knowledge. Peter studied philosophy and history at Bates College. He has built prototypes of a digital textbook and an interactive atlas. A complete list of software projects can be found here:

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    Quinn Shanahan
    Director of Engineering

    Quinn Shanahan is a web developer based in Brooklyn. Quinn has led the development of,, . He is building Empirical Grammar using Ruby on Rails, and he is publishing to Heroku. He is using backbone.js, jQuery, coffeescript and SaSS for the front end and postgreSQL for the database.

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    Paul Hartman

    Paul Hartman studied Japanese at Bates College and received his masters in Japanese language education from Tufts University. Paul has worked as an itinerant teacher for several middle and elementary schools in the Boston area, including the James P. Timilty Middle School in Boston's Roxbury subdivision. Paul’s work with low income students has made him realize that there is a pressing need for educational tools in developing communities.