Item Coversheet

Action Item - 35.

Title: Amendment of Memorandum of Understanding with Explore Learning, LLC - STEM Learning Resources ($109,000)

Board of Education Meeting Date:

Action under consideration


The Administration recommends that the Board of Education authorize The School District of Philadelphia, through the Superintendent or his designee, to execute and perform an Amendment of Memorandum of Understanding, as follows:

With:  Explore Learning, LLC

To extend the term for Explore Learning, LLC to provide virtual STEM learning resources, including digital licenses for the purchase of Mystery Science and Gizmos, as well as the creation of STEM mini-grants

Original Start date: 1/1/2021

Current End Date: 5/15/2022

Amended End Date: 6/30/2022

Currently Authorized Value of Services: $100,000

Additional Value of Services not to exceed: $9,000

Total New Value of Services not to exceed: $109,000

All High Schools; Administrative Office(s)

Renewal Options: No



In December, GlaxoSmithKline was awarded a grant to the Fund for the School District of Philadelphia, the purpose of which is to provide resources to support K-12 STEM learning through the pandemic and beyond. This amendment is needed to extended the term of the MOU to June 30, 2022 and to add funds to purchase an additional 2160 licenses. 


By providing teachers with a rich repository of digital lab experiences, Philadelphia students will receive equitable access to engaging, meaningful science labs regardless of where they are learning from or what school they attend. The Memorandum of Understanding would include 40 licenses for each high school (up to 2,160 licenses). Explore Learning, LLC will provide all 9-12 science students in the District with engaging science simulations that help them see and interact with scientific concepts and principles. 


Related resolution(s)/approval(s):

December 10, 2020; No. 4

 Office Originating Request: Academic Support