What is STEMscopes?

About Us

Accelerate Learning

Accelerate Learning, in conjunction with Rice University, has created the most widely used PreK-12 science curriculum in Texas, STEMscopesTM — and it’s now available nationally. It’s the teachers favorite science program and now serves more than 4 million students.

STEMscopes is a digital science solution for PreK through 12th grade students offering three core curriculum programs, STEMscopes K-12, STEMscopes NGSS, and STEMscopes Early Explorer. Born from the lab and penned by the hands of expert teachers, STEMscopes has always had its ear to the ground, taking in feedback, best practices, and the latest pedagogy to develop the most effective STEM curriculum. Each curriculum is supported by STEMcoach, a professional development portfolio offering a free STEM community that allows teachers to share best practices and lessons while learning from experts in the field, embedded professional development within the program, and onsite launch, advanced & coaching and mentoring sessions.

Missionview detail

To be recognized as the most effective and widely used digital STEM resource for PreK-12 as measured by adoption, usage, and results.

Visionview detail

We help teachers adopt effective STEM instructional practices, improve student performance, and increase the engagement of parents through high quality, customized, standards-aligned, hands-on digital STEM curricula and resources.

For Teachers By Teachersview detail

"For teachers by teachers" is not a slogan—it's a fact. STEMscopes was incubated in the classroom and developed by over 200 teachers, science experts, and science professors. Our origins lay in providing teachers a model for implementing inquiry-based learning in the classroom. STEMscopes has always listened to the teachers by taking in feedback, best practices, and the latest pedagogy to develop the most effective STEM curriculum.

Today, more than 4 million students have been served, and Accelerate Learning has over 200 practicing teachers who help write curriculum, field test lessons, and assessment items and review and edit all materials to ensure factual accuracy, our curriculum is current and practical for implementation in any type of classroom. Many of our teachers are also certified trainers who train other teachers on how to launch STEMscopes.

Our Team


Vernon Johnson, Ed.D.
President and CEO
James B. Walburg
Chief Financial Officer
Reid Whitaker, Ph.D.
Founder & Chief Academic Officer
Kent Donges
Vice President, Sales
Don Keeler
Chief Technology Officer
Judy Zimny, Ed.D.
Vice President, National Institute for STEM Education
Courtney Williams
Vice President, Sales
Javier Encinas
Vice President, Marketing
AJ Hunter
Vice President, Professional Services
Lila Soussan
Vice President, Finance & Operations
Amanda McGee
Vice President, Curriculum Development
Jason Maxwell
Vice President, Curriculum Production
Kenn Heydrick, Ed.D.
National STEM Manager