STEMscopes K-12 Digital Science Program Named Finalist by Association of American Publishers

Posted by David Alviar on May 07, 2014

Houston, TX:  On April 29, 2014, Accelerate Learning, Inc. was notified that STEMscopes™, its online curriculum program focused on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, was distinguished as a finalist in AEP’s Revere Awards for whole curriculum solutions. STEMscopes is highly effective, provides strong support for teachers, is easy to use, and is adaptable to teaching styles and learners’ needs.  Previous recipients of the award include BrainPOP, Dreambox Learning, Edmodo, and Scholastic.

Accelerate Learning’s Chief Academic Officer and Founder of STEMscopes, Dr. Reid Whitaker, Ph.D., said, “The amount of growth we’ve experienced over the last few months has been unprecedented – it’s immensely gratifying to know that our development has only been possible through the help of the teachers we serve.”  Dr. Whitaker added that the cornerstone of STEMscopes’ success is a commitment to adapt to teachers’ needs rather than prescribing what they need; this collaborative process has made STEMscopes “the default” tool in its home state, Texas.  Dr. Vernon Johnson, Ed.D., CEO of Accelerate Learning, is assured that this collaborative philosophy will help lay the foundation of success for Accelerate Learning’s  newest STEM solution, STEMscopes NGSS, a K-12 comprehensive curriculum that addresses the NGSS standards.

STEMscopes earned this latest distinction by continuing its tradition of providing regular program upgrades while expanding its offering to teachers.  Though the curriculum already had powerful hands-on investigations, varied assessments, and cross-curricular connections wrapped around the 5E instructional model, some of its newest additions got the attention of AEP:

  • An embedded app designer wherein students, without coding knowledge, can create shareable games, music videos, assessments, and interactive e-books using a slew of templates or starting from scratch.

  • A Content Connection and Career Connection Video Series that brings learning to life through animations, interviews, and student demonstration, to help reinforce what students discovered during hands-on investigations.

  • A robust teacher dashboard that combines professional development videos, a lesson planner that automates assignments, and an analytics hub that helps teachers.

About Accelerate Learning, Inc.:  Accelerate Learning, in conjunction with Rice University, is focused on becoming the preeminent and most effective digital PreK-12 STEM resource used by teachers, students, and parents as measured by adoption and usage by schools, districts, and families.  With over 1.5 million student users and growing, Accelerate Learning has grown from a single product (STEMscopes) in 2007 to now offer a variety of curriculum and professional development solutions across the United States supporting early learning, NGSS, and state aligned curriculum.  Previously, Accelerate Learning has earned recognition in District Administration’s Top 100 Products, SIIA Innovation Incubator, and EdTech’s Cool Tool Awards.