The South Carolina Governor's School for Science & Mathematics (GSSM) hosted sixty sixth grade students from Timrod Elementary School in Florence, SC, on its campus on Monday, February 5. The visit was hosted by GSSM’s Duke Energy Center for Science Education & Outreach.
“It is the mission of our Outreach Center to serve as a resource for outstanding STEM educational experiences that improve the academic achievement of students in SC and our goal to provide opportunities for students to deepen their understanding of STEM and how it connects to their lives,” said Randy La Cross, Vice President for Outreach and Research at GSSM. “One way we do this is to open the doors of GSSM to schools and students and engage them in interactive and inquiry-based learning experiences that have real-world connections. It was our pleasure to welcome and engage the students and staff from Timrod Elementary School today.”
During their time on campus, the students participated in two inquiry-based STEM activities using the Vernier LabQuest data collection tool. In one activity, they measured voltage; the other activity addressed the ectothermic behavior of animals. GSSM’s Student Ambassadors took the Timrod Elementary students on a campus tour and answered questions about their experiences at GSSM. The visit ended with lunch in GSSM’s dining hall.
“The Timrod sixth graders thoroughly enjoyed their time at GSSM,” said LaChanda Haire, Outreach Instructor and Program Coordinator at GSSM. “Having students on our campus is certainly a way to bring awareness about our school and the rigorous academic program it offers students, but even more, it's an opportunity for the GSSM faculty, staff and students to engage young learners in rich hands-on STEM and STEAM experiences.”
GSSM’s Duke Energy Center for Science Education & Outreach serves as a leader in the development and delivery of innovative and exemplary programs designed to improve and support the science, technology, engineering and mathematics achievement of students and teachers across South Carolina and beyond.
Pictured above: Emmani Phillips, Ashley Gregory, Zaria McDaniel and Jasmine Capers