TALLAHASSEE, Fla., June 8, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Florida-based WeatherSTEM and leading software company Instructure today announced a national partnership to benefit students with a new streamlined approach to weather education.
WeatherSTEM's interactive K-12 STEM atmospheric sciences and agriculture curriculum will now be integrated into Instructure's award-winning learning management system, Canvas. Students using Canvas will be able to reference data from their local WeatherSTEM unit or any region's station from within an online course. It will also allow teachers to incorporate WeatherSTEM content into an online Canvas course.
The experiences and activities are powered by live data derived from site-based scientific instruments and sensors in 182 locations in 12 states, including 155 in Florida, as well as Penn State, Florida State, and many other universities in the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC). Approximately 2,000 universities, school districts, and institutions around the world currently use Canvas as their learning management system.
"Our goal for WeatherSTEM is to be the leader in weather education and forecasting, and to encourage a new generation to learn how weather impacts major industries like tourism and agriculture," said Ed Mansouri, software pioneer and founder of WeatherSTEM. "Instructure's innovative approach and track record of superior design for the Canvas system is unmatched, and we are thrilled to be partnering with them for the benefit of students and educators nationwide."
Through open, usable, cloud-based technologies, Canvas enables easy integration of the content, tools, and services that teachers and students need. In addition to the Canvas learning management system, Instructure also offers a suite of education-related systems, as well as corporate training solutions.
"We are very excited about the opportunities a partnership with WeatherSTEM brings to teachers and students using Canvas," said Melissa Loble, Vice President of Platform & Partnerships for Instructure. "Not only will they benefit from the rich, engaging STEM content, but they will also be able to tap into the data sets collected by WeatherSTEM to understand the impact of weather on their local communities.
Both aspects are truly innovative ways to incorporate cutting-edge technology with the online Canvas experience."
WeatherSTEM is a division of Ucompass, a highly successful 20-year-old education technology company dedicated to advancing learning in the K-12 and university environments. A longtime technology innovator, Ed Mansouri previously founded Ucompass Educator, the learning management system that has powered the teaching and learning of almost 3 million users, including all students learning through the national model Florida Virtual School since 2003. Sites for WeatherSTEM stations include public and private K-12 schools, state universities, higher education centers, research facilities, municipal services, state parks, agricultural centers, farms, entertainment facilities, emergency management offices, and homeowner associations. For more information, visit www.weatherstem.com.