Itron launches STEM curriculum to encourage next generation of innovators
Educational App Developed by University of Texas at Austin Professor and Disco Learning Media
LIBERTY LAKE, WA, May 19, 2016 —Itron, Inc., a world-leading technology and services company dedicated to the resourceful use of energy and water, announced today the launch of an interactive science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) curriculum, Resourcefulness: An Introduction to the Energy-Water Nexus. The educational app was developed by University of Texas professor Michael E. Webber, an expert on the water-energy nexus, and Disco Learning Media, a full service creative agency and educational consulting firm. Itron is making this educational app available to students globally. The goal of Resourcefulness is to improve water and energy literacy, encourage conservation and resourcefulness, and inspire the next generation of innovators.
"Itron recognizes that a growing skills gap exists in STEM-related fields. We want to encourage users to pursue paths in STEM-related fields of study and contributed to solving the challenges facing energy and water resources, including scarcity and increased demand," said Sharelynn Moore, Itron’s vice president of global marketing and public affairs. "Our hope is to get more people involved in our industry, especially the next generation of talent. By introducing a new paradigm for solving problems in the utility industry that is tied to talent, we aim to inspire future innovators."
Resourcefulness presents contemporary views of energy and water science in modular and flexible ways to meet the needs of 21st century teachers and students. Instructors can incorporate Resourcefulness as a resource in their environmental science classes. They can also integrate the learning content directly within their courses using project-based learning exercises and case studies contained within the teacher guide. Outside of traditional education, the lessons scale to short courses and brief breakouts focused on specific interactions between energy and water.
"Resourcefulness provides an innovative example of the potential of partnerships in education today. This educational app is the first of its kind to be provided through community partnerships between a corporation and school districts and other learning institutions," said Dr. Webber. "Resourcefulness illustrates the next generation of educational material, which is delivered flexibly and dynamically across digital platforms, empowering students, teachers and learners of all ages to face the problems of the 21st century with the knowledge and perspective to build a more resourceful world."
The first version of Resourcefulness is targeted for secondary and higher education. Curriculum guides include standards mapping for Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB) and Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) as well as advice to teachers and administration on how to incorporate the materials into their pre-existing classes or how to build new classes based on the material.
The educational app now is available worldwide in the Apple App Store and the Google Play store for iOS and Android phones and tablets. The desktop edition of the application will be available soon. Visit www.stem.guide to learn more.
Itron is a world-leading technology and services company dedicated to the resourceful use of energy and water. We provide comprehensive solutions that measure, manage and analyze energy and water. Our broad product portfolio includes electricity, gas, water and thermal energy measurement devices and control technology; communications systems; software; as well as managed and consulting services. With thousands of employees supporting nearly 8,000 customers in more than 100 countries, Itron applies knowledge and technology to better manage energy and water resources. Together, we can create a more resourceful world. Join us: www.itron.com.