Schneider Electric Partners with Accelerate Learning to Deliver STEM Education Tools to PreK-12 School Districts
18th February, 2018
ANDOVER, Mass. - February 14, 2018 -- Energy and sustainability expert Schneider Electric and Accelerate Learning, a leading provider of digital curriculum solutions for science classrooms, today announced a joint partnership to deliver critical STEM education tools to PreK-12 school districts across the country. Through the partnership, Schneider Electric will deliver Accelerate Learning s STEMscopes PreK-12 curriculum and materials to districts as part of an energy savings performance contract (ESPC).
Built from the ground up 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.
At Schneider Electric, we are committed to helping school districts across the country leverage performance contracts to change the way they approach everything from energy management to teacher training, said Tammy Fulop, Vice President, Schneider Electric. Our partnership with the nationally recognized STEMscopes program will help PreK-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.
STEMscopes is used by 200,000 teachers and serves more than 4 million students in all 50 states.
Over the past 25 years, Schneider Electric has successfully implemented more than 675 ESPC projects across the nation, saving its clients nearly 2 billion. This project delivery method helps publicly funded entities make capital improvements over longer payback periods and offers many long-term benefits such as enhanced learning environments, improved facility efficiency, occupant comfort, financial management, environmental protection and the opportunity to implement STEM-related educational programs.
About Schneider Electric:
Schneider Electric is leading the Digital Transformation of Energy Management and Automation in Homes, Buildings, Data Centers, Infrastructure and Industries. With global presence in over 100 countries, Schneider is the undisputable leader in Power Management – Medium Voltage, Low Voltage and Secure Power, and in Automation Systems. We provide integrated efficiency solutions, combining energy, automation and software. In our global Ecosystem, we collaborate with the largest Partner, Integrator and Developer Community on our Open Platform to deliver real-time control and operational efficiency. We believe that great people and partners make Schneider a great company and that our commitment to Innovation, Diversity and Sustainability ensures that Life Is On everywhere, for everyone and at every moment.
About Accelerate Learning:
Incubated at Rice University, Accelerate Learning has grown from a single product, STEMscopes, to a brand that now offers a variety of curriculum and professional development solutions that support early learning, Next Generation Science Standards, and state-aligned curriculum. STEMscopes can be used as a core science curriculum or as a supplementary or enrichment resource in traditional, blended, and 1:1 classroom environments.
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