STEMscopes Science Bundle to Offer BBC Science Streaming Add-on
- By Dian Schaffhauser
Accelerate Learning is working with BBC Studios in an arrangement that will add media streaming to Accelerate's STEM education products and services. The two organizations will soon launch STEMscopes-BBC STEMedia Streaming Package, which will combine thousands of science-related BBC videos, articles, photos, news and virtual reality segments with Accelerate's STEMscopes preK-12 digital STEM curriculum.
The new product will be available as an add-on to STEMscopes beginning in spring 2019. As additional instructional videos are produced by the BBC, they'll also be added to the digital STEM curriculum through 2020. Among BBC's more renowned programs are the Blue Planet, Planet Earth, Frozen Planet and Hidden Kingdoms.
"BBC programs... have been the gold-standard for over a decade in captivating audiences and bringing us the ability to see into unknown and sometimes undiscovered worlds," said Vernon Johnson, president and CEO of Accelerate Learning, in a statement. "Having the ability to incorporate the world-class programming and educational assets of BBC Learning into our curriculum, we can help students make real-world connections to and deepen their understanding of STEM, why it matters, and most importantly deliver a love of science."
STEMscopes was launched at Rice University and designed to address the Next Generation Science Standards and other state science learning standards. The product combines digital curriculum, supplemental print materials and "exploration kits," along with a professional development portal for teacher support. STEMscopes can be implemented in traditional, blended and 1-to-1 classrooms as core or add-on science curriculum.
Dian Schaffhauser is a former senior contributing editor for 1105 Media's education publications THE Journal, Campus Technology and Spaces4Learning.