Mission Statement
The mission of the GSSM Center for Science Education & Outreach is to serve as a leader in the development and delivery of innovative and exemplary programs designed to improve and support the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) achievement of students and the professional growth of teachers across South Carolina and beyond.

Over the past decade, there has been an explosion of scientific and technological discoveries that have significantly impacted our state. Educating our citizenry in the fields of advanced science, mathematics and technology must become a primary goal for our state. Developing science and mathematics education programs that are capable of increasing the number of science and mathematics teachers and students equipped to comprehend and apply scientific, mathematical and technological knowledge is a significant step in achieving this goal. These programs must build upon the innate curiosity of children and stimulate students’ interest in science, mathematics and technology.  Effective programs in science and mathematics education must actively engage all students in learning mathematics and science, reflect the true nature of science, and provide all students with an opportunity to explore, inquire, and discover.  Through exploration, inquiry, and discovery, students will construct knowledge and develop an awareness of how science, mathematics and technology relate to their lives.

Center for Outreach Foundational Values and Beliefs

The foundational values of all Center programs and activities are as follows:

  • Developing students’ understanding of the relationship between science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and society
  • Improving the problem-solving and reasoning skills of students
  • Providing opportunities for students and teachers to explore real-world applications of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics
  • Improving content knowledge and pedagogical content knowledge of science and mathematics teachers
  • Encouraging students to explore careers and post-secondary majors in the areas of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics