Itron wants to help teachers and learners of all ages confront the problems of the 21st century by giving them the knowledge required to build a more resourceful world
Technology and services company Itron has launched an interactive science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) educational app to improve water and energy literacy and inspire the next generation of innovators.
Resourcefulness: An Introduction to the Energy-Water Nexus has been developed by University of Texas Professor Michael E Webber, an expert on the water-energy nexus, and creative agency, Disco Learning Media. Itron, which is dedicated to the resourceful use of energy and water, is making the app available to students globally.
“Resourcefulness provides an innovative example of the potential of partnerships in education today,” said Dr Webber. “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. 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.”
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.
The first version of the app is targeted at secondary and higher education. “Itron recognises that a growing skills gap exists in STEM-related fields,” said Sharelynn Moore, Itron’s vice president of global marketing and public affairs. “We want to encourage users to pursue paths in STEM-related fields of study and contribute to solving the challenges facing energy and water resources, including scarcity and increased demand,” “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.”
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.