Inaugural Class to Complete Accelerate, GSSM’s Virtual Engineering Program

May 17, 2016

The 16 students in the inaugural class of Accelerate, the South Carolina Governor’s School for Science & Mathematics’ (GSSM) statewide virtual engineering program, will receive certificates of completion on Saturday, May 21, at the Palmetto Club in Columbia, SC, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.  

The award and recognition ceremony is designed to celebrate their achievements and successful completion of this one-of-a-kind, three-year engineering program. The 16 students represent five South Carolina high schools: River Bluff High School, J.L. Mann High School, D.W. Daniel High School, Summerville High School and Lexington High School.

Originally launched with private support, Accelerate is currently funded through a combination of corporate partnerships and funds from the South Carolina General Assembly. The program stresses mastery of the foundational tools of engineering, such as physics, calculus and chemistry, but also places significant emphasis on real-world, team-based projects, creativity and communication. 

These Accelerate graduates completed a formal application process to be invited into the program and have spent the last three years taking live, online classes, as well as participating in Saturday Experiences, science labs, and annual week-long summer camps. Many of their projects were based on the Grand Challenges for Engineering from the National Academy of Engineering.

“We are so excited to see the hard work of our faculty and students come to fruition,” said Dr. Karen Den Braven, GSSM Director of Engineering Programs. “These students have worked hard to succeed and they will be a great asset to the state of South Carolina as they continue their education and move on to careers as practicing engineers.” 

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