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Foundational Updates July 2020

July 15, 2020

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Summer STEM with GSSM

This summer, 500 students across South Carolina joined GSSM for a series of virtual classes exploring STEM topics such as Survival Engineering, Arudino Electronics, Highlights of Math, and Anatomy. Several alumni led fun evening activities for the students: a study of polymer chemistry and fluid physics while making slime and oobleck; an exploration of the intersection between art and math with a visual artist, a potter, and a pair of swing dancers; and trivia night!

Pictured above:

  1. Arduino Electronics class
  2. A Survival Engineering student’s bridge
  3. Backyard Bird Science student kit
  4. Highlights of Math class
  5. Reid Haslup ’00 teaching polymer chemistry with slime during an evening activity
  6. Anatomy class
  7. A Survival Engineering student’s water filtration system
  8. Summer STEM with GSSM week 1 teachers

GSSM Math Instructor Named 2020 Law Related Education Teacher of the Year

Dr. Gary Salazar, mathematics instructor at GSSM, was named the 2020 Law Related Education (LRE) High School Teacher of the Year by the South Carolina Bar.

Since he began teaching at GSSM in 2008, Dr. Salazar has served as the mock trial teacher coach, with teams advancing to the state competition multiple times. In 2018, the team was recognized with a Professionalism and Civility Award. In 2020, the team earned the title of First Runner-Up in the State Championship round.

Dr. Salazar also teaches an introductory law class during January Interim. During this class, students visit and experience many unique facets of the legal system: observing live arguments before the South Carolina Supreme Court, witnessing the local circuit court's grand jury selection, and visiting the Darlington County Sheriff’s Office and Detention Center to learn about crime scene techniques. There is a strong mock trial component to the class as well.

Congratulations on this well-deserved award, Dr. Salazar!

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