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N.C. recommends STEMscopes for state science adoption

By Laura Devaney
May 28th, 2015

Digital K-12 science solution aims to give students a comprehensive and interactive learning experience

stem-learningAccelerate Learning announced that STEMscopes North Carolina, its digital K-12 science solution built to meet the North Carolina science standards, has been recommended by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction for use in science classrooms across the state.

Developed by Accelerate Learning and Rice University, STEMscopes North Carolina was built based upon North Carolina’s Essential Standards and Clarifying Objectives outlined in the Department of Public Instruction’s Standard Course of Study.

Accelerate Learning’s custom state versions are currently used by nearly 2 million students across the country.

“Initially STEMscopes was used primarily by Texas elementary school teachers. In just a few short years it has become a comprehensive pre-K-12 science curriculum utilized by nearly 100,000 teachers nationwide. We attribute this success to our close collaboration with teachers to build and continually improve a digital science curriculum tool that meets their daily instructional and assessment needs,” said Dr. Vernon Johnson, president and CEO of Accelerate Learning. “Clearly, the North Carolina evaluators agree. All 42 of the courses we submitted for K-8 science, and high school biology, physics and chemistry, were recommended for the North Carolina adoption. We are honored that our solutions were selected to help educate North Carolina students develop a deeper understanding of the STEM subjects.”

Designed to work in any classroom – traditional, blended and one-to-one – STEMscopes provides teacher and student digital resources, supplemental print materials, and hands-on exploration kits that build student engagement and excitement for learning.

Inquiry-based investigation is at the core of STEMscopes. It intends to foster student understanding of science through meaningful hands-on inquiry-based investigations, so they develop deeper understandings of the world around them.

STEMscopes is built on an HTML5 platform, thus its digital resources are compatible with tablets, computers and smartphones.

Material from a press release was used in this report.

About the Author:

Laura Devaney

Laura Ascione Devaney is the Managing Editor, Content Services at eSchool Media. She is a graduate of the University of Maryland's prestigious Philip Merrill College of Journalism. When she isn't wrangling her two children, Laura enjoys running, photography, home improvement, and rooting for the Terps. Find Laura on Twitter: @eSN_Laura http://twitter.com/eSN_Laura