UChicago STEM Education Partners with Activate Learning on New K-5 Science Curriculum

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UChicago STEM Education Partners with Activate Learning on New K-5 Science Curriculum

UChicago STEM Education Partners with Activate Learning on New K-5 Science Curriculum

Chicago, IL and Greenwich, CT October 16, 2019 – UChicago STEM Education at The University of Chicago and Activate Learning today announced an exciting partnership to publish Activate Learning PRIME™, a K-5 investigation-centered science curriculum. Activate Learning PRIME is the new elementary component of Activate Learning K-8 Science™ and is now available for the 2019-2020 school year in print and digital versions. The exclusive licensing and distribution agreement was facilitated by the University of Chicago’s Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation.

UChicago STEM Education has developed and supported several high-quality research-based curricula, including both Everyday Mathematics™ and Science Companion™. Like all of UChicago STEM Ed’s curricular programs, PRIME is the product of a rigorous iterative development process by an author team comprised of both content and classroom specialists and is designed to be educative for elementary school teachers, as well as for students. With Activate Learning PRIME, children learn science by making sense of engaging hands-on explorations. The program develops discourse and critical thinking skills alongside content knowledge and science and engineering practices.

“We are excited by our new partnership with Activate Learning as the exclusive distributor of Activate Learning PRIME,” says Debbie Leslie, Director of Curriculum Development and Director of Education Outreach at UChicago STEM Education. “We know that Activate Learning is perfectly equipped to leverage its resources and expertise to bring our rich, rigorous, and engaging science curriculum to many more teachers and students across the country.”

“Activate Learning PRIME is an important addition to our family of investigation-centered programs.” said Eric Johnson, CEO of Activate Learning. “The new curriculum matches Activate Learning’s pedagogical approach of phenomena-based, three-dimensional learning. Activate Learning now offers a 100% NGSS aligned K-8 Science program.”

For more information, visit the Activate Learning PRIME page at ActivateLearning.com:


About UChicago STEM Education

UChicago STEM Education is a research and development center that resides within the Physical Sciences Division (PSD) of the University of Chicago. Formerly the Center for Elementary Mathematics and Science Education, UChicago STEM Ed continues the University of Chicago’s long-standing commitment to improving precollege education and aims to support high quality mathematics and science instruction and learning for all students. Through the sharing of knowledge and the creation of useful products and programs, UChicago STEM Education seeks to make a positive difference for STEM Education throughout the nation. Learn more at stemeducation.uchicago.edu.

About Activate Learning

Activate Learning, based in Greenwich, Connecticut, is a global leader in publishing in K-12 curriculum, providing standards based resources in both print and digital formats for both Science and Math. The company’s innovative STEM programs support both students and teachers in achieving learning goals for the classroom and beyond. Every day, we support millions of students and teachers with our investigation-centered and phenomenon-driven approach to digital learning.