SSP Case Study
Society for Science & the Public won a joint grant in the fourth Digital Media and Learning Competition, held in conjunction with the Mozilla Foundation and supported by the MacArthur Foundation to build a Digital Badge System – a system that would support and inspire connected learning.
Industry: Science & Education
Business Model: Not for Profit
Headquarter: Washington, D.C.
Ebizon’s Customer Since: 2012
Society for Science & the Public (SSP), is a non-profit organization dedicated to the promotion of science, through its science education programs and publications.
The vision of the organization is to promote the understanding and appreciation of science and the vital role it plays in human advancement.
Headquartered in Washington, D.C., the organization works primarily to recruit more pre-college students to pursue science, math, and engineering fields in college.
Society for Science & the Public (SSP) envisioned a badging system to recognize achievement and participation of winners, participants, volunteers and judges in its premier high school science competitions held worldwide.
With the vision to promote the understanding and appreciation of Science, Society for Science and the Public hold science fair and competition each year and accredit the participants, winners, volunteers and judges. However, the existing accreditation system needed some advancement:
- Need for universal and easily visible credential that can be shared across the web: The existing accreditation system was in the form of physical certification which had no existence on the web.
- There was a growing need for an electronic accreditation accessible from anywhere. The ultimate objective was to make the learning process more competitive, making all skills and achievements comparable on a global scale.
- Challenge in keeping the winners engaged: Society for Science and the Public organizes several competitions each year but there was no mean of keeping the winners and participants engaged once the competition was over.
- Challenge in defining the progression from one level of competition to other: Several competitions under Society for Science and the Public are held in multiple level of progression. There was no means of informing the winners of one level of competition that what are the next levels or competitions that they can prepare for and participate in.