Partnership to extend infrastructure improvement projects to address STEM skills gaps
Energy and sustainability expert Schneider Electric and Accelerate Learning, a leading provider of digital curriculum solutions for science classrooms, have teamed to deliver STEM education tools to pre-K-12 school districts across the country.
Through the partnership, Schneider Electric will deliver Accelerate Learning’s STEMscopes pre-K-12 curriculum and materials to districts as part of an energy savings performance contract (ESPC), according to a release.
Built to help students meet today’s state standards and the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), STEMscopes provides teachers and students with digital resources, supplemental print materials and interactive exploration kits that build student engagement and excitement for learning science. The hands-on STEM curriculum creates engaging learning experiences that encourage exploration and inspire ingenuity.
“The United States continues to face an urgency for more students to pursue higher learning and careers in STEM. Yet, school districts today face shrinking budgets that limit the resources teachers need to provide the inquiry-based, hands-on learning experiences that help students connect science to the real world,” said Dr. Vernon Johnson, CEO for Accelerate Learning. “This is what STEMscopes is all about, and this partnership with Schneider Electric will enable us to make an even bigger impact in helping schools across the country to close the STEM skills gap.”
Across the nation, school districts are increasingly leveraging ESPCs, which use projected energy savings to pay for projects over time, to tackle deferred maintenance and other critical initiatives. This model helps school districts implement facilities improvements and programs they otherwise might not be able to afford, including expanded STEM education.
“Our partnership with the nationally recognized STEMscopes program will help pre-K-12 school districts achieve their vision of creating best-in-class learning environments and providing the knowledge base to develop the next generation of leaders,” said Tammy Fulop, vice president of Schneider Electric.
STEMscopes is used by 200,000 teachers and serves more than four million students in all 50 states.