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Duke Energy Supports GSSM’s STEM Camp in Florence County

June 19, 2017

Columbia, SC – The South Carolina Governor’s School for Science & Mathematics Foundation (GSSM-F) recently received a $2,500 investment from the Duke Energy Foundation in support of GSSM’s satellite summer day camp, iTEAMS Xtreme: Next Generation, designed for rising 7th and 8th graders across Florence County. 

Held June 12-15 at Sneed Middle School, iTEAMS Xtreme: Next Generation is an interactive experience focused on science, technology and robotics. It provides a fast-paced, yet fun, introduction to the world of microcontrollers. 

“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.” 

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 Mindy Taylor, 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 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.

Pictured above: Mindy Taylor, Duke Energy’s government and community relations manager, learns about Arduino and robotics from a Florence County student.

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