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Foundational Updates August 2021

August 26, 2021

Govies are Back to School!

GSSM residential students moved in to the residence hall last week, and classes are in full swing! This year, GSSM welcomed the largest junior class in its history: 158 students representing 30 counties and 80 high schools across South Carolina.

Additionally, GSSM welcomed 67 new students into its Accelerate and TEAM UP virtual engineering programs, and 12 students joined the pilot year of the new STEM Foundations online diploma program.

Welcome back, Govies! Have an amazing year!


Exploring STEM All Summer

This summer, over 820 students participated in GSSM STEM camps residentially on our Hartsville campus, in person at partner schools in Charleston, Georgetown, and Orangeburg counties, and online! Driven by GSSM's commitment to hands-on, experiential learning, students from across South Carolina were immersed in a single STEM topic during the camp week. Through projects, experiments, and group activities, they improved their understanding of STEM concepts and their real-world applications while developing STEM skills such as problem solving, teamwork and collaboration, innovation, critical thinking, and communication.

Some highlights from participating students:

  • “It was an overall amazing experience that increased my interest in Chemistry and a career path in chemistry in the future.”
  • “I loved the interactive part of the class. Whereas math is usually confined to pencil and paper, my teacher integrated many creative and exciting activities that brought the math to life. For example, we created a Möbius strip as a class that offered a different perspective on one-sided shapes.”
  • “This was a great time for everyone to have fun and learn a lot about engineering. I would like to say thank you so much.”

Sponsor Spotlight: Dominion Energy

Dominion Energy is a committed partner and supporter of GSSM! From providing summer camp scholarships in underserved communities like Orangeburg County, to sponsoring the Townes Award event, to employing GSSM alumni, Dominion Energy's legacy of serving its community is on full display at GSSM. Additionally, the GSSM Foundation Board President this year is Connie S. Cain, P.E., C.E.M., Manager of Customer Service & Strategic Partnerships at Dominion Energy.

Headquartered in Richmond, VA, Dominion Energy is one of the nation's largest producers and transporters of energy. More than seven million customers in 16 states energize their homes and businesses with electricity or natural gas from Dominion Energy. The company is committed to sustainable, reliable, affordable and safe energy and to achieving net zero carbon dioxide and methane emissions from its power generation and gas infrastructure operations by 2050. Through its Dominion Energy Charitable Foundation, as well as EnergyShare and other programs, Dominion Energy contributed more than $58 million in 2020 to nonprofit causes that meet basic human needs, protect the environment, promote education, and encourage community vitality.

GSSM is proud to call Dominion Energy a partner. Thank you for investing so much in our amazing school and exceptional students!

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