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Foundational Updates October 2020

October 15, 2020

GSSM's New Classroom Technology

Once again, GSSM is ahead of the curve! Well before the coronavirus pandemic forced the School to transition to fully virtual operations this spring, GSSM was already in the process of replacing and updating the technology in its classrooms. The new technology provides flexibility to create a classroom experience that best serves students in the hybrid environment and fits the teacher's subject and teaching style.

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Each classroom has at least three cameras: a lecture-capture camera that provides remote students a wide view of the teaching area; one in the front of the classroom to provide remote students and guest speakers a view of the students in the classroom; and a fully adjustable multipurpose camera that can provide a wide view of the classroom or a close-up view of the objects being studied.

Projectors and smart boards were replaced with wall-mounted 86" 4K interactive flat panels with Zoom and whiteboard applications built in. Teachers can show and manipulate content from their computers on these panels, and students in the classroom can display their screens by casting wirelessly to the panels. Additionally, each classroom has a cart-mounted 55" panel so students and teachers in the classroom can position it to best see and communicate with remote students.

Teachers use wireless lapel microphones so they can be heard by all students. Microphones associated with each camera facilitate discussion between classroom and remote participants. GSSM is currently piloting a sound steering microphone array backed up by digital signal processors in two classrooms this fall to enhance the sound quality for remote learners, with plans to apply similar setups to other classrooms for the spring semester.

GSSM Foundation Welcomes Three New Board Members

The GSSM Foundation is pleased to welcome three new members to its Board of Directors.

Patrick Cleary, a 2001 GSSM graduate, is a Partner with Bowman and Brooke in Columbia, SC.

Mary Gentry is Vice President, Treasurer, and head of Investor Relations for ScanSource in Greenville, SC.

Jane Hood, parent of 2020 GSSM graduate Morgan Hood, is Senior Director of Environmental and Water Systems Management for Santee Cooper in Moncks Corner, SC.

The three new Foundation board members join twenty-eight current members from across the state and country. The GSSM Foundation advocates for GSSM and provides funds and support to enhance its programs and students’ educational endeavors. The Foundation connects the School with a broad community and showcases GSSM’s contribution to quality of life and economic prosperity of South Carolina and beyond. Since its founding in 1988, the Foundation has provided over $23.5 million to support GSSM students and programs. The Foundation’s funding currently provides financial aid for residential and summer camp students, summer research, and global initiatives.

Sponsor Spotlight: AVX

avx corporate logoAVX, a Kyocera Group Company, has been a GSSM supporter for 15 years! AVX has been a faithful Townes Award event sponsor, a generous investor in GSSM's areas of greatest need, and has even hosted Govies conducting summer research! Additionally, Karen Smith, AVX's Senior Vice President of Global Human Resources, is serving her second term on the GSSM Foundation Board of Directors.

Headquartered in Fountain Inn, SC, AVX is a leading international manufacturer and supplier of advanced electronic components for the automotive, industrial, medical, military, consumer electronics, communications, and transportation industries. AVX's heavy investment in R&D results in innovative products supporting the explosive growth in next-generation technologies. AVX components, including capacitors, resistors, sensors, and more, can be found in many electronic devices and systems worldwide.

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

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