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Expert TA advances STEM with 'one-for-one' sales model

Local firm pushes for more access to science, technology, engineering and mathematics training in high schools.
by Scott Meacham Published: March 4, 2014

STEM education (science, technology, engineering, and math) is the key to future competitiveness.

Expert TA CEO and founder Jeremy Morton believes so strongly in enhancing STEM education in public schools that he’s partnered with an open resource provider, OpenStax College, a nonprofit based out of Rice University, that provides free textbooks online.

In a further groundbreaking move, Expert TA has announced that for every new college or university course that purchases Expert TA, the company will donate access to a high school classroom in need for one full academic year.

It’s like a STEM version of the one-for-one sales model of shoe retailer TOMS.

Expert TA, an i2E portfolio company in Tulsa, is already a leader in STEM education, specifically in physics. The firm provides online homework with grading and feedback to improve teacher and teaching assistant effectiveness while making it easier for students to learn.

Since its inception about 18 months ago, OpenStax College has seen a surge in adoption. Today, almost 500 schools and nearly 70,000 students are benefiting from OpenStax College texts. In addition, there have been more than a half-million downloads, and Web users of the textbooks are in the millions.

OpenStax College’s free texts are developed and peer-reviewed by educators to ensure they are readable, accurate and meet the scope and sequence requirements of the course.

“We spend a great deal of time developing high quality materials, and Expert TA provides a world-class problem library and online tools,” said David Harris, OpenStax editor-in-chief. “Thousands of students will benefit from the resources offered by ExpertTA and OpenStax College.”

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by Scott Meacham
President and CEO of i2E Inc.
Scott Meacham is president and CEO of i2E Inc., a nonprofit corporation that mentors many of the state’s technology-based startup companies. i2E receives state appropriations from the Oklahoma Center for the Advancement of Science and Technology....
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STEM jobs pay about 25 percent more than non-STEM jobs. Even STEM jobs without a four-year degree pay about 10 percent more than non-STEM jobs with similar educational requirements.


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