PCS Edventures Announces Partnership with STEM Academy
PCS Edventures Announces Partnership with STEM Academy
BOISE, Idaho – August 16, 2010 – PCS Edventures!.com, Inc. (OTCBB: PCSV-News), a leading provider of K-16 educational programs utilizing hands-on manipulatives, computer technology and robotics that focus on Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM), today announced a partnership with STEM Academy to supply robotics materials and curriculum for 6th and 8th grades within schools in the STEM Academy network.
The STEM Academy is a new, national, non-profit organization dedicated to improving K-12 STEM literacy. The STEM Academy curriculum was collaboratively developed by K-12 teachers, university educators, industry partners, vendor partners such as PCS, and engineering and biomedical professionals, to deliver a powerful STEM learning experience to students. Through close educator collaboration, special consideration has also been made to ensure the engagement of the minority student population, a special focus of the STEM Academy solution. The STEM Academy network of schools launches this Fall, and its expansion will be determined by funding opportunities from state, federal, and private entities that align with the STEM Academy mission. Nearly 700 schools have already submitted letters of intent to join the STEM Academy network and are collaboratively seeking funding solutions with the STEM Academy.
PCS will provide robotics courseware and lab materials for STEM Academy students at the 6th and 8th grade levels, while providing teacher training and support as necessary for educators as they come online with the program. PCS content will be digitally enhanced and delivered through the STEM Academy Learning Management System (LMS), which has powerful tracking and assessment features to validate student outcomes. Performance data will be shared with PCS to facilitate ongoing improvements and enhancements to the PCS content.
Important components included in the lab materials are the PCS Brain Robotic Controller and The PCS Cortex Programming Software. The Brain and accompanying Cortex software allows students to program in 3 different programming environments, including: PCS Visual Logo (Drag and Drop), PCS Logo (Text Based), and PCS Simple C (C Based). Also, due to the open architecture of the PCS Brain, students can then move on to professional integrated development environments (IDEs) such as AVR Studio for industry standard C Programming. All of the Cortex stages build on each other to create a progressive programming platform that teaches students to create and produce programs in an intuitive, step by step fashion.
Russ Mickelson, STEM Academy COO, said, “We selected PCS as our industry partner to supply robotics curriculum and materials due to the high quality of the curriculum we reviewed, the advanced and flexible nature of the PCS Brain, robotic controller, and the PCS Cortex — the PCS progressive programming environment that is easily applied at all levels of the K-12 spectrum. STEM Academy is serious about providing the very best STEM solutions to our participating schools and we feel PCS is well ahead of others in the K-12 robotics education field.”
Robert Grover, PCS President, said, “The STEM Academy represents a breath of fresh air for schools looking for a comprehensive K-12 solution. Their approach to digital content delivery, standards alignment, integration of hands-on activities, and systematic documentation of student outcomes is exactly the right approach. PCS is delighted to be a participating partner for their 6th and 8th grade solutions and looks forward to working directly with STEM Academy schools as they come online.”
About the STEM Academy
The STEM Academy is a national, non-profit organization dedicated to improving STEM literacy for all students. The STEM Academy features K-12 curriculum that is rigorous, innovative and comprehensive and was collaboratively developed by K-12 teachers, university educators, industry partners, engineering and biomedical professionals. K-12 curriculum is standard enough to assure high-quality content exchange and flexible enough to allow for school districts and states to modify to meet their particular needs. Curriculum culminates with students applying real-world application of their STEM education with hand-on activities and maps to the following national standards: International Technology Engineering Education Association – ITEEA; Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology – ABET; National Science Teachers Association -NSTA; National Council of Teachers of Mathematics – NCTM.
About PCS Edventures!
PCS Edventures!.com, Inc. (PCS) designs and delivers educational products and services to the K-16 market that develop contemporary skills for the 21st century including critical thinking, problem solving, innovation, creativity, and communications. PCS programs emphasize hands-on experiences in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) and have been deployed at over 6,000 sites in all 50 United States and 17 foreign countries. Additional information is available on the Internet at http://www.edventures.com.
PCS Edventures is headquartered in Boise, Idaho, and its common stock is listed on the OTC Bulletin Board under the symbol “PCSV”.
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