GSSM Plans for a STEM Kind of Summer

February 16, 2016

The Governor’s School for Science & Math is committed to reaching beyond the walls of its residential high school to positively impact students and teachers across the Palmetto State through a variety of advanced STEM experiences taking place throughout the summer. GSSM delivers these experiences on its Hartsville campus, as well as in 18 satellite locations. 

For students interested in bridging the gap between spring and fall and advancing their science and technology skills, GSSM offers challenging and interactive camps for rising 7-10th graders. Camps include iTEAMS Xtreme and iTEAMS Xtreme: Next Generation which focus on technology, entrepreneurship and robotics; CREATEng, which is a design-based, project-based engineering camp; and GoSciTech, offering 30 different residential courses ranging from robotics and forensics to chemistry and race engineering.

“Each of our camps is designed to be challenging, interactive and fun,” said Randy La Cross, GSSM VP for Outreach & Research. “Courses are taught by highly qualified instructors who have a passion for engaging talented minds in hands-on, project-based learning while sparking an interest in STEM studies and careers.”

Students at our satellite day camps will experience unique challenges like building and programming their own robot using Arduino technology, exploring entrepreneurship as they craft their own marketable product, developing biomedical solutions and building a solar-powered s’mores cooker. What’s more, GSSM hires and trains local teachers to help deliver the camps which extends the experience as teachers return to their regular classrooms. 

Students at our GoSciTech residential camps build on the knowledge they gained during the school year in week-long courses taught by both GSSM faculty and college professors. Each camp introduces science and math as the critical building blocks of both academic and career preparation, as well as long-term success. They are designed to deliver fun, interactive, STEM-focused activities that inspire young minds.

Finally, in addition to taking home new skills, students develop new friendships, learn the importance of teamwork, improve their communication skills and satisfy their curiosity for STEM. We hope it’s a summer they’ll never forget. 

A full list of camp locations and dates can be found on scgssm.org/summer. 

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