Duke Energy Supports GSSM’s STEM Camps, Virtual Engineering Program in York County

June 26, 2017

Columbia, SC – The South Carolina Governor’s School for Science & Mathematics Foundation (GSSM-F) recently received an investment of $17,500 from the Duke Energy Foundation in support of satellite summer day camps offered by the GSSM Center for Science Education & Outreach to middle school students from across York County, as well as supporting the expansion of GSSM’s Accelerate virtual engineering program. 

Duke Energy’s donation supports iTEAMS Xtreme: Next Generation, an interactive camp focused on science, technology and robotics, and CREATEng, a project-based camp designed to encourage students to apply principles of engineering design to solve daily challenges. 

CREATEng Greenville in York County will be held June 19-22, 2017, at Springfield Middle School. iTEAMS Xtreme: Next Generation in York County will be held June 26-29, 2017, at Springfield Middle School.

“We are incredibly grateful for this generous investment and for our ongoing STEM education partnership with Duke Energy,” said Kim Bowman, CEO, GSSM Foundation and EVP Strategic Direction, GSSM. “Thanks to their support, we can offer our cutting-edge camp and virtual engineering experiences to an increased number of motivated students across South Carolina.” 

The Accelerate virtual engineering program is an intense innovative engineering education curriculum for 10th through 12th grade students who participate at their home school via live virtual interactive classes taught by GSSM and Clemson University instructors.

Duke Energy’s total investment across the state in GSSM’s satellite summer camps and its Accelerate virtual engineering program totals $37,500.

“Supporting effective education programs that focus on fields related to science and technology are a critical focus for our company,” said Rick Jiran, Duke Energy’s government and community relations manager. “Programs like these can help create the next generation workforce South Carolina businesses and industries need to be successful.”

GSSM previously received a Duke Energy investment in 2016 for its Portable Advanced STEM Exploration (PASE) teacher training program for middle school math and science teachers.

If you have any questions about the Accelerate Program, contact accelerate@gssm.k12.sc.us or 843-383-3901 x 3982.

If you are interested in bringing GSSM’s summer camps, virtual engineering program or teacher training to your area, contact Kim Bowman at kim@scgssm.org or 803-252-9152.

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