STEMscopes Spotlight — Meet Lisa Webber, VP of Professional Services

Posted by Marissa Alonzo on November 24, 2015


Accelerate Learning has had an interesting past with hopes for an even more influential future in STEM education. Inside the walls of the corporate office you will find staff working on many different projects at any given time. One of those staff members is the Vice President of Professional Services, Lisa Webber.

Lisa joined the staff in 2012, but she had been active in the inception and development of the curriculum well before that time. From 2007 to 2012 she worked at the Rice University Elementary Models Science Lab, where she worked closely with Reid Whitaker, the Founder and Chief Academic Officer of STEMscopes. As Reid began to write TAKSscopes (in response to a need for curriculum in the classroom), she became a leader of the lab and was eventually invited to move on with Reid as the overseer of District Relations for STEMscopes.

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Accelerate Learning + STEMscopes

Posted by David Alviar on April 03, 2014

Back on November 1 of last year, Accelerate Learning - STEMscopes' new corporate identity created by Rice University - stepped onto the playing field.  Accelerate Learning represents a new opportunity for STEMscopes to grow, evolve, and better serve our students, teachers, and parents.  Our identity, mission, vision, and, yes, even team, are as unchanged in Accelerate Learning as they were in STEMscopes.  In fact, our growth has enabled us to prepare to launch our new, embedded professional development program for STEMscopes 2.0 called STEMcoach, as well as a pre-K program, STEMscopes Early Explorer, to help our youngest learners start STEM when it counts the most.

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STEMscopes Named Finalist for EdTech Digest Award

Posted by David Alviar on March 13, 2014

Popular recognition program celebrates education technology tools, trendsetters and leaders.

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Unplug to Charge

Posted by Science Explored on February 25, 2014

Above:  Duke's electrical engineering department may have designed a material that can create electricity from WiFi signals around you.

Metamaterials are a group of substances that have unique properties en masse.  They are not found in nature. Rather, they are fabricated in labs and often look like honeycombs. A team of Duke scientists has created a metamaterial that may be able to make energy from ambient radio, microwave, and WiFi signals.  Imagine being able to charge your phone simply by being near a WiFi signal. You would be able to stop in at a coffee shop, check an email, and charge your phone without the need for a plug-in.   It may seem like novel technology, but it’s actual based on the same science used in power mats.

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Skimming the Ocean

Posted by Science Explored on February 14, 2014

Concerns about the health of the world’s oceans have been growing for some time.  Recently, Starfish Wasting Disease has reemerged off the Pacific American coast, claiming millions of echinoderms.  Meanwhile, fishermen across the world have been reporting lower yields and higher mercury levels in their catches.  Perhaps most disturbing once flourishing marine ecosystems are being turned into barren wastelands in spots across the globe.  Given that oceans are so vast, we often think of our impact on them is minimal.  Most think cleaning the oceans up is not a pressing need and, even if we did clean them up, it would be an undertaking too large for any one country.  Boyan Slat, a 19-year-old student currently attending Delft University of Technology, has presented a possible solution that may address part of the problem and even turn around a profit.

Above:  an artist's rendition of what Slat's floating, self-powered plastic collection nodes could look like.  The booms extend to either side and would connect with other processing nodes.

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