Because Learning, a U.S.-based learning platform specifically focused on STEM skills, is now seeking funds through Indiegogo/Microventure’s equity crowdfunding platform. Founded in 2014, Because Learning, which was previously known as Ardusat, is on a mission to inspire students in the STEM field, which are science, technology, engineering, and math.
Because Learning explains that it helps students and educators learn STEM through exciting, hands-on lessons. The platform’s experiments and hardware kits give aspiring scientists “real-world experience measuring and analyzing data, helping them learn how science, technology, engineering, and math work in the world.”
The platform is currently being used in more than 30 countries and its NGSS-aligned curriculum spans all STEM subject levels, from elementary through higher education, It also includes the Ardusat Space Program through an exclusive partnership with a satellite company in the Bay Area. Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) are K–12 science content standards developed by states to improve science education for all students.
“Because Learning provides a custom platform for teachers to run experiments, take courses, and track progress. This web-based software communicates with sensor kits given to students to track real-time experiment data. The Classroom Launch Pack includes 15 Sensor Kits and over 150 customizable lessons, with new lessons added each month. Other resources include teacher guides, student worksheets, unit videos with tips and suggestions for teaching, and professional development resources.”
The funds from the Indiegogo/Microventures round will be used to support the company’s expansion into China, helping set up a China-based subsidiary and hiring an in-country manager. The STEM learning platform also reported it plans to use the funds to grow its domestic business by investing in marketing to help generate more leads and by hiring salespeople to close deals. The campaign is currently set to close at the end of September.
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