STEM Institute Focuses on Teacher Education & Strengthening SC Workforce
Teachers from the School Districts of Anderson, Oconee, and Pickens counties attend the 2009 STEM Institute. The conference focuses on teaching local educators how to integrate science, technology, engineering and mathematics into lesson plans.
Clemson University, Tri-County Technical College, the School Districts of Anderson, Oconee, and Pickens counties, and the Pendleton Region Education Center are pleased to announce that they have received a $48,900 grant from AdvanceSC which will support The Anderson, Oconee, Pickens Institute on Integrative Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Teaching and Learning (STEM).
Grant funds will be used to hold a three-day institute, August 2 – 4, 2010, for 75 elementary, middle and high school educators in Anderson, Oconee and Pickens counties. Educator learning will focus on integrating the International Technology and Engineering Educators Association standards for technological literacy into existing curricula. Upstate teachers will learn proven concepts on how to establish collaborative projects that will help facilitate standard lesson plans into integrative STEM teaching and learning.
Strengthening relationships from previous STEM initiatives while creating new collaborative partnerships will be another primary focus of the institute. The goal is to open channels of communication throughout Anderson, Oconee, and Pickens counties about STEM education and enhance the availability of a skilled labor force for local manufacturing and additional related industries.
NASA space shuttle astronaut Col. Patrick Forrester speaks to teachers from Anderson, Oconee, and Pickens counties during the 2008 STEM Institute. The conference focuses on teaching local educators how to integrate science, technology, engineering and mathematics into lesson plans.
NASA space shuttle astronaut Col. Patrick Forrester (ret.) will open the STEM Institute on Monday. Forrester was selected as a mission specialist by NASA in May 1996. Initially, he was assigned to duties at the Kennedy Space Center as a member of the astronaut support team, responsible for Shuttle prelaunch vehicle checkout, crew ingress and strap-in, and crew egress after landing. Later in his career, Forrester served as the Shuttle training and on-board crew procedures representative. Forrester flew on STS-105 (2001), STS-117 (2007), and STS-128 (2009). He has logged over 950 hours in space, including four spacewalks totaling 25 hours and 22 minutes.Forrester will give an additional presentation
titled, "Importance of STEM Education - A View from Space" on Monday, August 2. This session is open to the general public. It will take place at the Tri-County Technical College, Pendleton Campus, at 2:30 pm in the Marshall J. Parker Auditorium, Room OC 100.
Organizing and developing the institute are Bill Havice, Associate Dean in the College of Health, Education, and Human Development at Clemson University; Jerry Marshall, Mathematics Department Head and instructor at Tri-County Technical College; John Pruitt, Director of Secondary Education, Anderson School District One; Rick Murphy, REC Coordinator; and Rachel Gunby, STEM Institute Coordinator.
AdvanceSC concentrates on advancing education to support industry, assisting other economic development organizations to attract and retain industries in Duke Energy's service territory and enhancing the competitive position of manufacturers in Duke Energy’s South Carolina service area. Company funding is are divided among four programs: Public Assistance; Manufacturing Competitiveness Funds; Education; and Economic Development. Established as a limited liability company by Duke Energy in 2004, AdvanceSC is funded with profits from the company's Bulk Power Marketing program and is managed by a board of Upstate S.C. leaders. Grant applications and information about AdvanceSC are available on its website at www.advancesc.org