Congressman Tim Ryan Announces $722,000 in Federal Funds to Kent Displays Inc.

Sep 4, 2015 Issues: Helping Working Families

Kent, OH – Congressman Tim Ryan announces $722,044 in National Science Foundation (NSF) to Kent Displays Inc. in Kent, Ohio. These funds will be used to develop eWriter devices for classroom use as a sustainable paper replacement technology and an effective tool for student-teacher interaction. 

“I congratulate Kent Displays Inc. on receiving this award and their commitment to our community by developing this cutting edge technology right here in Portage County,” said Congressman Tim Ryan.

The eWriters provide a paper-like writing experience and electronically capture, store, and transfer handwritten text and images. For education, eWriters introduce a sustainable paper replacement technology at a lower cost than other classroom technologies. The eWriters enable handwritten student work to be wirelessly uploaded to teachers and to virtual whiteboards. Positive societal impacts come from improved teaching methods and student-teacher interactions, particularly for high quality science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) pedagogy, where handwritten notes are advantageous. The most immediate societal benefit of educational eWriters is significant reduction in paper usage, carbon footprints, and costs for schools. 

Multidisciplinary methods will be used involving researchers in education, liquid crystal display technology, engineering, and software development to successfully achieve project objectives. Experts in the application of technology in education will develop and evaluate eWriter usage strategies for improved instruction and student performance depending on grade level and teaching style. This new type of education technology has tremendous and far reaching impacts in areas of pedagogical techniques, flexible electronics, liquid crystal and polymeric materials, and environmental sustainability. The anticipated results are a suite of eWriter devices and systems to be deployed in K-12 and post-secondary education. The lead organization will commercialize these new products into educational markets leveraging existing sales and marketing infrastructure.