Richland 2 is partnering with Fairfield and Lee County school districts to develop the STEMulating! project, part of a Math & Science Partnership Grant awarded by the S.C. Department of Education.
The program’s goal is to strengthen the content knowledge and teaching skills of teachers in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).
The program will include 20 math and/or science teachers (grades 6-12) from each school district, who will form Professional Learning Communities that will meet monthly. Teachers will create digital portfolios of their work, which will be used to document their graduate credit through the College of Charleston. They will also participate in a summer institute led by University of South Carolina STEM professors. The Midlands Education and Business Alliance (MEBA) also will facilitate job placement for teachers to spend one day “in the field of industry.”
A celebratory kickoff for the program will be held at 10 a.m. Nov. 19 at Midlands Technical College’s northeast campus.
Other program partners include the College of Charleston, EdVenture Children’s Museum, MEBA, Midlands Technical College, National Aeronautic & Space Administration (NASA), Santee Lynches Regional Education Center and the University of South Carolina.