Duke Energy Supports GSSM’s Virtual Engineering Program in Pickens County

July 6, 2017

The South Carolina Governor’s School for Science & Mathematics Foundation (GSSM-F) recently received a $12,500 investment from the Duke Energy Foundation in support of the expansion of GSSM’s Accelerate virtual engineering program, now available to all high school in Pickens County.

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 instructors.

“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 experiences to an increased number of motivated students across South Carolina.” 

In addition to the expansion of Accelerate in Pickens County, Duke Energy made a total investment of $37,500 across the state in GSSM's virtual engineering program and interactive summer camps focused on STEM.  

“Supporting effective education programs that focus on fields related to science and technology are a critical focus for our company,” said Emily DeRoberts, 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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