MEL Science secures $14m in Series B funding to expand award-winning at-home science education offering

MEL Science secures $14m in Series B funding to expand award-winning at-home science education offering

MEL Science has proved an invaluable educational resource for tens of thousands of subscribers struggling with schooling disruption caused by COVID-19

MEL Science, a London-based science educational platform, today announces that it has secured $14 million in Series B funding to support demand for its subscription-based offering. International investors include Mubadala Investment Company, Channel 4 Ventures and other entities from Europe and China.

As a leading EdTech innovator, MEL Science aims to bring science to life through educational kits, combining hands-on experiments with interactive VR simulations and live lessons – created to help students learn in intuitive, engaging ways. Its award-winning products are designed for children aged 5 – 14 and are intended to be used either as an at-home teaching aid or by schools.

This latest round of funding will enable MEL Science to develop its product offering and expand into new territories. In addition, it will support the

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Consumers stocking up on at-home technology, boosting Best Buy results

Early holiday deals boosted same-store quarterly sales growth to levels Best Buy has not seen in 25 years.

However, similar to concerns about other big-box stores that have seen sales surge during the coronavirus pandemic, executives at the Richfield-based electronics chain said they don’t believe sales growth will continue at the same rapid pace in the foreseeable future.

Best Buy’s comparable sales grew nearly 23% in August, September and October as shoppers continued to invest in at-home technology. Comparable U.S. online sales grew 174%, only trailing last quarter’s record growth in online sales, the company reported Tuesday.

“We really are pleased that we were able to leverage our unique capabilities including supply-chain expertise, a very flexible store operating model and obviously the ability to quickly shift to our digital channels,” said Corie Barry, Best Buy’s chief executive, during a Tuesday media call. “And that is meeting what is obviously some

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Opinion | At-Home Covid Tests and Other Powers of a Tech Billionaire



Chamath Palihapitiya is one of Silicon Valley’s most successful tech investors. He’s also among the most candid. “I aspire to be a Koch brother before I aspire to be an under secretary,” he tells Kara Swisher on this episode of “Sway.” His definition of power has little to do with politics — it’s profits, he says, that empower you to “control the resources.”

Mr. Palihapitiya made his first fortune as an early executive at Facebook. He has since multiplied his wealth as an investor, with big bets and bold forecasts about the future. These days, he’s behind one of the most lucrative and controversial trends — SPACs, the acronym for blank check or special purpose acquisition companies, which some call the next bubble.

On this episode of “Sway,” Mr. Palihapitiya shares his predictions for American economic recovery

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Museum of Science & Industry launches free at-home and in-classroom learning resource hub on National STEM Day Chicago

To celebrate National STEM Day, the Museum of Science & Industry-Chicago launched a free educational resource hub for everyone — students, teachers, families, community groups — who is learning and teaching at home and in the classroom.

The Learning Resources virtual hub provides educational tools in science, technology, engineering and medicine to bring STEM learning to students no matter where they are, or what time of year resources are needed. The hub can be accessed anywhere, anytime at msichicago.org/resources, and will be regularly updated with content from MSI Educators as well as teachers and administrators in MSI’s Science Leadership School Partners program.

        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        

 

“Having a central location where students and their support systems can visit to improve their science learning both at home and in the classroom is critical for success,” said Rex Babiera, ITW director of teaching and learning. “We are excited to be able to regularly update and provide

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Biocom Purchasing Group Partners with Everlywell to Offer At-Home COVID-19 Testing and Lens Reporting Technology to Biocom Members

SAN DIEGO and LOS ANGELES and SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO, Calif., Oct. 27, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Biocom Purchasing Group, a subsidiary of Biocom that accelerates life science success by leveraging innovative, member-driven strategic sourcing solutions that significantly lower the total cost of doing business, today announced a new program with Everlywell to offer at-home sample collection COVID-19 test kits and reporting to all Biocom members who may need testing, regardless of company size.

Biocom’s program serves to extend effective, well-established and easy-to-perform self-collection nasal swab testing to over 1,300 members across the state under the Food and Drug Administration (FDA)’s Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) framework. Test purchases come equipped with Everlywell Lens, a comprehensive reporting dashboard for human resource representatives, which gives organizations visibility into the status of individual kits, from registration to results.

“Traditionally, this kind of testing solution is not accessible for companies with fewer than 500 employees,” said

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