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Dorchester County Economic Development to Provide Scholarships for CREATEng Engineering Campers

May 11, 2017

Columbia, SC – The South Carolina Governor’s School for Science & Mathematics (GSSM) Foundation is pleased to announce that Dorchester County Economic Development will provide five full scholarships to rising 8-9th grade students in Dorchester School District to attend GSSM’s CREATEng summer engineering program. CREATEng will be held June 19-22 at Fort Dorchester High School. 

A high-caliber engineering and design-thinking day camp, CREATEng exposes students to project-based, hands-on, team challenges, while introducing them to the field of engineering and practicing engineers. Most team challenges are concentrated in the areas of manufacturing and biomedical engineering. Student teams will design blades and gears for a wind turbine, solder and build optical heart-rate monitors, and print 3-D prototypes of manufacturing or surgical tools. In addition to interacting with guest speakers, campers will take a field trip to a nearby manufacturing facility to see real-world engineering in action.

Visit, start your application and fill out the financial aid section of the application to be considered for one of the Dorchester County Economic Development scholarships. 

“We are excited about our new partnership with Dorchester County Economic Development,” said Kim Bowman, CEO of the GSSM Foundation. “Their generosity will provide students with an unmatched STEM experience and expose them to a potential career path. They will practice critical thinking and design thinking, but they’ll also make new friends and have fun learning.” 

"Workforce development is a key component to any successful economic development program. We have many partners who help insure our workers have the right set of skills for jobs of today and tomorrow. We are pleased to support the Governor School's CREATEng Camp. Our industry partners are looking for the type of skills that will be highlighted at the camp. It will be a great experience for our high school students and give them some valuable insights into manufacturing, biomedical, and engineering career fields,” said General Hank Taylor, Board Chairman of Dorchester Economic Development Corporation.

GSSM is also offering iTEAMS Xtreme: Next Generation, an Arduino and robotics technology camp, to rising 7th and 8th graders, June 26-29, at Gregg Middle School.

The application deadline for all of GSSM’s summer programs is June 1, 2017.

Learn more and apply online at

About Dorchester County Economic Development

Dorchester County Economic Development is an organization focused on fostering economic prosperity within Dorchester County. Their mission is to create an environment that supports new business growth and retention enabling companies to succeed for generations. In addition, they work to strengthen and prepare their community for the future. Through such efforts, they aim to provide citizens with the opportunities to grow and prosper in Dorchester County.

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