The mission of Science4Us is to provide a solid foundation of fundamental science concepts for students in their formative years, on which a deep understanding and interest in science can be built.
Development of Science4Us began in August of 2010. After three years of research and development, Science4Us, a K-2 digitally-delivered science curriculum, was introduced at NSTA in San Antonio in April 2013.
In May of 2013, Science4Us was awarded a Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) Phase I grant from the Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences for game-based learning to support the development and refinement of the project.
Also in 2013, Science4Us was evaluated by McREL, a nonprofit educational research and development corporation. The study revealed that students participating in Science4Us showed greater achievement in science than those engaged in traditional science instruction.
In August 2014, Science4Us began developing a 3-5, offline review program for students that need additional support in science topics. This review is standards-based and will help prepare students for the rigors of high stakes testing in the upcoming years.
As part of the curriculum proposed to the Texas Creative Mathematics Curriculum with STEM, Literacy, and Arts, K-8 by our partners, TPS Publishing Inc., Science4Us was adopted by the Texas Department of Education in January 2014.
John Edelson – Founder
Mr. Edelson started development of SpellingCity.com in 2007. John Edelson has a long involvement in visual simulation starting with his years at Silicon Graphics in the late 1980s and early 90s. At the 3DO Company in the early and mid 90s, he was very involved in the generational video game transition from games built on simple algorithms with 2D sprite graphics to games with real-time 3D photorealistic graphics and physics engines. Mr Edelson was the producer on Croc, Legend of the Gobos, a Sony Playstation game that went Platinum.
John Edelson has a BA from Yale cum laude and an MBA from Harvard. He served in the Peace Corps in West Africa for two years. As the proud father of three children, Mr. Edelson has a deep interest in improving education through technology.
Perri Robinson – Sales and Marketing
Jenna Mercury – Education Specialist
Jenna received her Masters of Science Education (K-8) from Lesley University in Cambridge, MA. She joined Science4Us after dedicating over 15 years of teaching science in the classroom in both public and charter schools. Her experience includes teaching at a 1:1 iPad school as well as being a part of the iPad pilot development team several years prior to the implementation. Jenna was selected to serve on her district’s Science Curriculum Review Board to evaluate and redesign the curriculum standards to ensure their alignment with national and state expectations.
Jenna will provide your team with the professional development that will ensure your success with Science4Us.
Betty Bergnes – Strategic Sales
Betty has dedicated her career to working with schools providing them with the best educational tools, impacting hundreds of classrooms and thousands of students. Betty has a Bachelor’s in Education from Barry University in Miami, FL. Her career in education started as an elementary classroom teacher where she taught students of varying grade levels. She transitioned to provide district support to teachers and students as a Curriculum Support Specialist for Miami-Dade County Public Schools. Wanting to expand her educational reach, she has worked for several educational companies supporting districts and schools with their purchase and implementation of educational programs.
As part of the Science4Us team, Betty will support your school site and teachers to get the most of your Science4Us program and implementation.
The team that developed Science4Us was a tight-knit group of science content specialists, curriculum experts, teachers, writers, artists, programmers, designers, musicians, singers, voice actors and editors with an extended network of writers, academics, scientists, audio talent, multi-media artists and PD experts. With years of experience and a sense of excitement about the potential of the program, the team spent three years developing a curriculum that would inspire students to develop an interest in and love for science.
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