INSIDE GSSM is a day of imagination, inspiration, innovation, and fun for the whole family!

We look forward to having you join us from 10am to 2pm on Saturday, March 1, 2025!

INSIDE GSSM gives families the opportunity to interact with the GSSM community and explore the campus while participating in various interactive demonstrations and learning experiences. View this video for highlights of our 4th Annual INSIDE GSSM day.

All INSIDE GSSM activities are free of charge.

Pre-registration is highly recommended but not required. 

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Inside GSSM Frequently Asked Questions

Is there a cost to attend Inside GSSM?

There is no cost to attend.

Do I have to pre-register to attend?

It is not required for you to pre-register to attend, but it is recommended as it helps us when preparing for the day.

What student age groups would be the best audience for this visit?

While most Inside GSSM activities are geared toward students in third through tenth grade, there is always some STEM fun for younger and older learners!

What kinds of activities can I expect at Inside GSSM?

There will be a variety of fun, hands-on STEM activities for all age ranges. While activities vary from year to year, a few popular activities that return each year might include a shark tooth excavation dig, slime engineering, liquid nitrogen ice cream chemistry, hydroponics planting, pottery crafting, and so much more!

Is lunch provided?

Lunch is on your own. Listed below are several options from which to choose.

  • Lunch can be purchased in the GSSM Dining Hall for $9 per person.
  • The city of Hartsville has a variety of locally owned and franchised restaurants just a few blocks from GSSM.
  • You are welcome to bring a picnic lunch and use our outdoor picnic tables around campus.
What do I need to bring with me to Inside GSSM?

Nothing, except for a curiosity and willingness to learn about STEM!

How can I make the most of my Inside GSSM visit?

At check-in you will receive a map and schedule of activities for the day. Your student will receive an Inside GSSM Passport to record their learning and return to our Outreach table for a take home keepsake.

To make the most of your day, we recommend that you select the activities you and your students are most interested in and plan your day around them. Some classroom activities have specific start and end times and may fill quickly. The gym has a variety of activities and can be a fun place to start or end your visit.

Why visit Inside GSSM?

GSSM is a two-year public residential high school program that invites young people to explore the subjects they love in a diverse, inclusive, and uncommonly supportive environment.

The GSSM Center for Science Education & Outreach extends GSSM’s commitment to high quality education by developing new ways to ignite younger students’ passions for STEM education and careers. We believe introducing students to STEM early and offering repeated learning opportunities builds a strong foundation for future studies and motivates them to pursue STEM careers.

Inside GSSM offers an opportunity to experience firsthand our STEM specialized learning community and discover new joys of learning!