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Something Super is Happening in SC

As a boy, I used to watch Superman reruns on television. I cheered him on in his “never ending battle for truth, justice and the American way.” Nearly everyone I knew wondered what it would be like to have a super power. X-ray vision? That’d be pretty cool. Flying? Awesome! The thing is, we wanted to be born with those powers…or at least wake up one day had suddenly have them.

Now, nearly everyone I know wants South Carolina’s workforce to have super powers. Planning and carrying out investigations? That’d be pretty cool. Mathematical and computational thinking? Awesome! Analyzing and interpreting data? Tremendous. Constructing explanations, engaging in argument from evidence, evaluating and communicating information? These are kind of like superpowers…and you don’t have to be born with them. You have to study and practice a lot, but you’ll probably get a diploma with that.

So, how do we get from Clark Kent to Super STEM? We can’t duck into a nearby phone booth for a quick change. Phone booths have gone the way of video stores and typewriters anyway. What it takes to be super in STEM are champions, coordination and collaboration.

Even Superman took a few steps before he launched into flight. Join us for Next Steps for STEM Schools in Charleston, SC on September 30 – October 2. It is a great mix of content and conversations with STEM champions and collaborators from across the country.

To learn more about Next Steps, visit:  http://www.nextstepsinscience.org

 

Tom Peters, Ed.D.
Executive Director, South Carolina’s Coalition for Mathematics & Science

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*Author’s notes: Established in 2004, the mission of South Carolina’s Coalition for Mathematics & Science is to promote economic and workforce development through improvement in K-12 STEM education in South Carolina schools. Learn more at: http://www.sccoalition.org

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