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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Education Notebook: Science fairs awarded $30K grant from AEP Foundation | Local News

The regional fair partnered with Appalachian Power Co. in 2019, which provided the ability to send a third regional project to the international fair.

“In looking for a little bit more of a long-term partner, they suggested that we work together to put in a grant application with the American Electric Power Foundation,” said Levy, who credits the Appalachian Power with making the connection.

“This is really going to help secure that in the future, for us to continue to send three projects to that international fair locally, and it’s also going to help support students going to international fair from the state fair as well,” he said.

Expenses sometimes limit the state fair from sending a full slate of five projects, Levy said, so “the donation from the AEP Foundation helps ensure that we can send a full group.”

The AEP Foundation is funded by AEP and its operating

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A Pandemic Pivot in Earth Science Outreach and Education

In classrooms around the world, rapid shifts to fully online learning necessitated by the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic challenged educators and students from preschool to graduate school. In many cases the hasty switch revealed frailties in educational systems, especially as instructors faced increased workloads and potentially reduced budgets, whereas in other cases, it brought the value of existing strengths to the fore. The inherent flexibility of the Education and Public Outreach (EPO) program at the Incorporated Research Institutions for Seismology (IRIS), which operates the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Seismological Facilities for the Advancement of Geoscience, resulted in an experience that differed from those in many educational programs.

Our pandemic pivot began with a rapid assessment of needs within the communities we serve—K–12 teachers and

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Universal Technical Institute to Participate in the 2020 B. Riley Education Services and Technology Conference

PHOENIX, Dec. 1, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Universal Technical Institute, Inc. (NYSE:UTI), the leading provider of transportation technician training, today announced that it will be attending the the B. Riley Securities 2020 Education Services and Technology Conference on Wednesday, December 2nd. Jerome A. Grant, Chief Executive Officer, and Troy R. Anderson, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, will be presenting at 12:30 p.m. ET. Management will also be hosting one-on-one calls with investors throughout the day.

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The live presentation can be accessed upon registration at the following site:

An audio recording of the presentation will be archived following the event at

About Universal Technical Institute, Inc.

With more than 220,000 graduates in its 55-year history, Universal Technical Institute, Inc. (NYSE: UTI) is the nation’s leading provider of technical training for automotive, diesel, collision repair, motorcycle and marine technicians, and offers welding

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17 Education & Technology Readies $288 Million IPO Plan

17 Education & Technology Group (YQ) intends to raise $288 million from the sale of ADSs representing its Class A stock in an IPO, according to an amended registration statement.

Beijing, China-based 17 Education was founded to develop an innovative hybrid offline-online model for tutoring K-12 students in China.

Management is headed by founder, Chairman and CEO Mr. Andy Chang Liu, who was previously principal of Shenyang New Oriental School, along with many years of education experience in offline schools.

The firm provides offline learning materials for free to more than 70,000 schools in China and those offline material service to onboard students into its online tutoring products, which now account for more than 90% of its revenues.

17 Education has received at least $1.37 billion from investors including Shunwei Capital, Fluency Holding, H Capital, CL Lion Investment, Esta Investments, Walden Investments Group and Long Great Holdings.

The firm provides

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College of Community Innovation and Education Student Wins UCF 3MT Research Competition

Presentations on interrupting the achievement gap of students, technology for cooling devices, and understanding near-earth asteroids received the top prizes this year at UCF’s annual Three Minute Thesis (3MT) Competition.

The international event challenges doctoral students to present their research in three minutes using only one slide as a prompt. Judging of the students is based on research, their presentation skills and how they communicate their work to a general audience. The judges are non-scientists. This year was even more challenging because of the pandemic; students had to present via Zoom.

Hosted by the College of Graduate Studies and the Office of Research, ten finalists came from a wide range of disciplines, including criminal justice, engineering, sciences, nursing, sociology, and education.

Lauren Thomas from curriculum and instruction took first place with her presentation on Interrupting the Achievement Gap Ideology ; Khan Mohammad Rabbi from mechanical engineering took second with his

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Q&A: The Future of Virtual Education with UDT and Lenovo

MIRAMAR, Fla., Nov. 30, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Technology has evolved dramatically this year! With the need for advanced distance learning tools, we have been introduced to innovative technologies that have completely transformed what we now know as the “new normal” for education.

UDT CTO, Daniel Rodriguez and Lenovo Technical Client Advisor, Craig Ewell gave us a look into the advantages and challenges of distance learning and what they think the future holds for education technology:

How do you address the increase in endpoint and cybersecurity threats?

Craig: Addressing the increase really starts with understanding infrastructure and what we are used to seeing on K-12 campuses. Schools were using firewalls and security endpoints and devices on site. How will we secure these endpoints while learning virtually now?

  • Identify and adapt to expanding endpoint filtering coverage
  • Having a robust tool will make the biggest difference
  • See content filtering beyond the
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Creativity Education Is Equally Important For Careers In STEM And The Arts

What makes someone a creative person? For most of us, the first thing that comes to mind is the arts. How many of us use the term creative to describe a person who is good at math? But new research calls that perception into question, finding that the same amazing human creativity is at the root of both.

The myth (and it is a myth) that the arts are creative and the sciences are quantitative shapes the way we approach education. And that can be a problem because the skills that come with creativity are necessary in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) fields too.

The researchers from Australia and the Netherlands who partnered to write this study are calling for schools and universities to focus more on teaching creativity. Their study has found that creativity

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Technology helps ‘democratise’ education system

Ayanda Mtanyana, head of advisory services at New Leaders Foundation.

Ayanda Mtanyana, head of advisory services at New Leaders Foundation.

Technology has been a critical enabler in democratising decision-making within the education sector, says Ayanda Mtanyana, head of advisory services at New Leaders Foundation (NLF).

Mtanyana spoke to ITWeb about the growth of technology-enabled monitoring, evaluation, research and learning in the local education space in recent years.

“What you find in public sector systems – where there are people at national and provincial office that are running or managing departments – is that the system is big and complex, in that every school is an organisation of its own.

“You need to be able empower each and every head of those institutions to be able to use insights, to drive the agenda of the institution and technology helps us do that at scale. You can democratise that decision-making and empower each of those individuals with insights that they can

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