Charles Town, WV, December 8, 2016 -- American Public University System (APUS) is continuing its mission to serve its local community and enhance learning opportunities for K-12 students in Jefferson County, West Virginia, and beyond, by donating two leading-edge meteorology systems from WeatherSTEM.
WeatherSTEM is part of Ucompass, a Tallahassee-based software and services company supporting over three million students at more than 200 educational institutions, including APUS. It recently installed APUS-donated systems at Blue Ridge Elementary in Harpers Ferry and Jefferson High School in Shenandoah Junction. The Web-based platform combines data from weather instruments, agricultural probes, Web cameras and other sensors, aligning with APUS’s own commitment to create immersive STEM education experiences featuring "Big Data" and programming.
“This is a tremendous opportunity to ignite a passion for scientific learning among students at a very early stage,” said Dr. Conrad Lotze, senior vice president and associate provost of academic services for APUS. “As a fully-engaged citizen of this extended community, we are committed to providing programs and resources that create pathways to career success and benefit not only APUS students but Jefferson County at large. This partnership helps bridge the gap between technology and traditional learning outcomes for local students.”
The long-standing relationship between APUS, Jefferson County Schools and other state educational organizations includes several previous APUS donations of WeatherSTEM systems, in addition to ongoing contributions of school supplies and financial and staff volunteer support for the Education Alliance in Charleston.
“Our school system is so grateful for APUS’s invaluable contribution to STEM education in Jefferson County,” said Dr. Bondy Shay Gibson, superintendent of Jefferson County Schools. “These partnerships truly accelerate and enhance learning within our community.”
WeatherSTEM President and Founder Ed Mansouri, said, “We are honored to support APUS’s outreach efforts in Jefferson County, where the program will help students assimilate live, real-world meteorological data into their science and math activities. We believe these resources will benefit these schools and their surrounding communities for years to come, not just educationally but also through such public safety features as lightning and severe weather alerts.”