2022 Calendar of Events
What's going on during STEM Education Month across our state?
FFEBRUARY 14-MARCH 4
For Students: STEM Art Competition
STEM Educators of the Year from the 5 regions are calling for all students to put a little STEAM in their STEM. We want you to create an original piece of art that tells us Where's your STEM? We cant wait to see all the innovative ideas and then share your designs during STEM Education Month! So who is ready to STEAM up STEM Education Month?
FEBRUARY 14-MARCH 14
For Educators: Learning Blade 3D Printer Giveaway
As part of the SC STEM Month, Learning Blade and their partners at FlashForge USA are offering a 3D Printer to the SC school that completes the most online STEM/CS career lessons in Learning Blade between 2/14/22 to 3/14/22.
For All: EdVenture's Inaugural Authors' Fair
Hear readings from local, noted writers at EdVenture's Columbia location as part of National Reading Month.
For Students: Try the 2022 Fluor Engineering Challenge:
Can you build a ball ramp out of just paper and tape? How can you make the ball's path take as many seconds as possible to complete? Give this challenge a try, and you might win one of ten $1,000 USD prizes for your school, afterschool program, or a nonprofit in your community!
For All: STEM Education Day at the Capitol:
STEM Education Month kicks off with opportunities to share the “why” STEM education is important. Tune in via Facebook at 10:00 am on March 17th for a virtual STEM celebration! Hear state, industry, and community leaders talk on the importance of STEM to South Carolina. Watch as South Carolina Council on Competitiveness awards the 2022 SC STEM Educator of the Year. Celebrate schools that have been awarded funding for the Growing in STEM Grants, and more.
For All: EdVenture Columbia Book Drive
Donate 5 books to the EdVenture Children's Book Bank and receive $5 admission to the Columbia location on March 19th.
For All: SC Aquarium Virtual Events- Sea Turtle Rescue, Rehab and Release
Join educators at the South Carolina Aquarium from 11:00-11:40 AM as we meet Sea Turtle Patients in Zucker Family Sea Turtle Recovery. See what a day in life is like for them at the aquarium as they recover and make progress towards release! Email JThom@scaquarium.org to get the link.
For Educators: Girl Power! How to get girls interested in STEM.
Come to learn about strategies for starting a Girl Power movement at your school. Presented by Amy Baldwin, 2021 SC STEM Educator of the Year and LaTia Gary, Million Women Mentors South Carolina (MWM SC) State Lead on March 23 at 3:30 PM.
MARCH 22 & APRIL 5
For Educators: Driving Inquiry Based Learning with BrainPOP Science
Hosted by Dr. Nicole Yemothy, this webinar will explore how to support the shifting SC Science standards while engaging students with interactive experiences in BrainPOP’s newest offering for Middle Schools - BrainPOP Science. BrainPOP Science helps facilitate inquiry based science that ensures students do, discuss, & analyze science; all while fostering evidence gathering as the core component of thinking like a scientist. Participants can request complimentary access to BrainPOP Science for the remainder of the 2021-2022 school year. Sessions are offered on March 22 from 5:00-5:40 PM and April 5 from 4:00-4:40 PM.
For Educators: Junior Achievement Career Speaker Series
Introduce your middle and high school students to South Carolina businesswomen and businessmen! Join this virtual event to expose your students to the Life Science Industry in South Carolina, and register to receive recordings of past events, covering topics in entrepreneurship, telecommunications, and more
For Students and Educators: SC Days Trident Youth Expo
Throughout the Spring of 2022, the South Carolina Future Makers initiative is proud to offer a series of regional career exposure events for our state’s high school students. This virtual series, SC Days, will offer students and educators the unique opportunity to join and engage with employers and in-demand local industries through a series of interactive sessions within the school day.
MARCH 24 & 25
For Students: Limestone University-Women in Technology and Science (WITS) Conference
Females that are interested in STEM that are sophomores and juniors from local area high schools are invited to attend the conferences. Each day from 8:00 AM-2:00 PM, 100 participants will be mentored by Limestone's female faculty and students through a series of STEM-related training workshops.
For All: STEM Author Meet and Greet
Are you curious, ask a lot of questions or like to do research? Do you like to write? Did you know that being a STEM communicator is a STEM job? Meet STEM children's book author, Erin Twamley who will share all about how she combines her love of STEM with writing books and doing research. She has written 6 children's books and loves to visits schools all around the world to talk about STEM. She hopes to inspire the next generation of STEM Superheroes.
For All: Story Book Ball at EdVenture's Columbia Location
Join your favorite characters at EdVenture's Columbia location on march 26th from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM for magical reading fun! Enter a world of kings and queens, pirates, princesses and fabled creatures as EdVenture transforms into a magical kingdom of storybook dreams! Children and their grown-ups will enjoy this magical day filled with themed entertainment by performers and artisans from across the land.
For Educators: All Hands on Deck- Educator Science Café
Join Patriots Point Naval and Maritime Museum and the S.C. Sea Grant Consortium for a “brunch and learn” educator science café aboard the U.S.S. Yorktown and surrounding Shem Creek! This two-part, free event from 11:30 AM - 2:30 PM will showcase ways in which to incorporate English Language Arts (ELA) to address the new S.C. State Science Standards – all while enjoying brunch provided by Callie’s Hot Little Biscuits! Deadline to register is March 11.
MARCH 28 & 29
For Educators: Webinar Series-Instilling an Innovation Mindset & Innovation Mindset Case Study: The Buzz on Pollination
During this webinar series of two sessions you will engage in a fun, interactive virtual workshop, hosted by Shawn Boger from The National Inventors Hall of Fame® and Tracey Elmore, the 2020 SC STEM Educator of the Year. You will be provided with specific and concrete ideas for making your classroom one where children are strong protagonists of their own learning. The National Inventors Hall of Fame® is rooted in the belief that inventing is a human disposition. This establishes a natural foundation on which you can create an environment where children can use their innate curiosity to answer big open ended questions. During Session 1 we will share the Camp Invention® Design Thinking Process™ and reinforce that using hands-on materials encourages play as a strategy for teaching and learning where children can make their thinking visible. During Session 2, 2020 SC STEM Teacher of the Year, Tracy Elmore from Lugoff-Elgin Middle School, will share how she took one activity from the National Inventors Hall of Fame® blog to the next level by creating a year-long experience for her 7th grade students. This in-depth presentation will provide resources and strategies to inspire your own lessons to create an engaging environment where students follow the Design Thinking Process to develop innovative solutions to real world problems. This session highlights how math teachers, librarians, art teachers and experts can empower students to solve problems in our world. You will not want to miss this inspiring session!
MARCH 30-APRIL 1
For All: Clemson Literary Festival
Visit he 15th Annual Clemson Literary Festival, hosted by the Clemson University Department of English.
For All: Shaw Air & Space Expo
The 20th Fighter Wing is scheduled to host the Shaw Air & Space Expo, “Thunder Over the Midlands,” April 2-3, 2022 at Shaw Air Force Base, S.C. The expo, headlined by the Thunderbirds, the U.S. Air Force precision-flying demonstration team gives Shaw the opportunity to demonstrate the capabilities of the Air Force through a variety of aerial demonstrations, displays, and static aircraft displays to those in attendance.
For All: iMAGINE Upstate STEAM Festival Fueled by Fluor:
Discover the excitement of STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) through drone races, robotics shows, explosive science experiments, 3D printing, arts and crafts, dance performances, and much more! Families are invited to Downtown Greenville, SC for a day of hands on learning with top Upstate employers.
For Educators: Starting a Robotics Team in Easy Steps
Have you ever wanted to start a robotics team at your school but wasn't sure how? This webinar, hosted by Chris Beyerle, a Gateway PLTW Teacher and VEX Robotics Coach, will give you the information and tools to get started coaching your own robotics team. Teachers will learn about VEX IQ and VEX VRC teams and which maybe best for your students. Learn tips and tricks to help you get a team started with the funding and tools needed to start your a competitive robotics club successfully.
For All: SC Aquarium Virtual Events-Dynamic Duo: Gopher Tortoise and Indigo Snake
Join the South Carolina Aquarium from 11:00-11:40 AM to discover a dynamic duo, the Gopher Tortoise and the Eastern Indigo Snake. Learn all about these unique animals and the roles they play in their environment! Hint: one of them is an ecosystem engineer!
For All: Million Women Mentors 2022 Symposium: Empowering the Next Generation of STEM Leaders
Million Women Mentors South Carolina (MWM SC) is excited to host the annual STEM Symposium 2022: Empowering the Next Generation of STEM Leaders. MWM SC is the premier network of leaders from business, K-12 education and higher education, industry, military, and non-profit organizations who are committed to advancing women in STEM and building a diverse, robust, and sustainable STEM workforce.
This 2022 symposium will showcase and highlight:
For Students: 4-H Engineering Challenge
South Carolina 4-H Engineering Challenge is offered in the spring annually to youth, ages 9-18, across the state. Challenges include bridge building, robotics, rocketry, coding, and visual art. Some challenges require club or classroom work prior to the competition event. Other challenges require youth to create their designs onsite. In addition to challenges, the South Carolina 4-H Engineering Challenge hosts a STEAM Fair to further excite youth about opportunities in STEM careers and education.
For Students and Educators: Joint Base Charleston Air Expo- Lowcountry Titans of Flight STEM Day
To help increase awareness of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) career fields, Joint Base Charleston is hosting a STEM Day in conjunction with the 2022 Air Expo for local schools on April 8th from 9:30 AM to 2:30 PM. Students will have the opportunity to view and interact with different STEM-based activities and displays provided by the United States Air Force and local partners.
For All: Joint Base Charleston Air Expo
On the weekend of April 9th-10th, Joint Base Charleston is opening their gates and inviting everyone with a parking pass to enjoy a free, weekend-long event packed full of entertainment. Come out and see dynamic aerial displays, memorable planes, and the world-renowned Blue Angels!
For Students: Explore an "innovator's mindset" through an activities provided by the National Inventor's Hall of Fame.
For Educators: Girl Power! How to get girls interested in STEM!
Watch the recorded webinar. Learn strategies for starting a Girl Power movement at your school. Presented by Amy Baldwin, 2021 SC STEM Educator of the Year and Latia Gary, Million Women Mentors South Carolina (MWM SC) State Lead.
For Students: Roper Mountain Science Center has collaborated with Greenville County Schools (GCS) Career Tech Ed (CTE) department and our industry partners to create STEM career-focused videos to give students an idea of what companies do, the educational background needed for STEM jobs, career path opportunities and the workforce skills needed for companies in Upstate SC and beyond.
For Educators: Junior Achievement Inspire
JA Inspire is more than a career fair: It brings together the business community and local schools and is designed to help launch middle school students into their future—high school, college, and careers beyond. Doors open March 7th and the event will remain open until June 3rd, 2022. March 17th & May 19th are LIVE days where booth representatives will be available to answer questions. To sign-up, visit this form.
For Students: SC Aquarium Careers Webinar
From being a sea turtle biologist or vet tech to an exhibit specialist or educator, working at an aquarium means never having the same day twice. Get an inside look at aquarium careers!
The South Carolina STEM Leadership Cohort is comprised of STEM Educator of the Year recipients in South Carolina who share STEM education expertise with other educators during SC STEM Education Month and beyond. They have compiled a Wakelet site full of webinar opportunities, STEAM competitions, and other resources to help all South Carolinians discover STEM. Visit this free resource at https://wakelet.com/@South_Carolina_STEM_Leadership_Cohort.
WEEK ONE (March 14 - 21): CELEBRATING STEM IN SOUTH CAROLINA
Kick off week with a mission from Learning Blade, reflect on the importance of STEM education in our state and tune into our STEM celebration on March 17th.
For Educators: Learning Blade 3D Printer Giveaway: Competition Begins!
For High School Students and Adults: Midlands Technical College: Picture a Scientist movie screening.
For Students: Midlands Technical College: Why Choose STEM? STEM Week Student & Alumni Panel Panel discussion with a group of current and former STEM pathways students about why they chose their path in STEM, challenges they faced, the benefits of STEM education.
For All: Midlands Technical College Facebook Live Event - Women In STEM Panel Discussion.
For Students: SC Aquarium: Teen Science Cafe Join wildlife photographer, Vance Solseth, as he shows you how to upgrade your Instagram and Snapchat images with easy tips on lighting, perspective and animal behavior.
For Students: SCDNR Shark Research! SCDNR fisheries biologist, Bryan Frazier, will introduce you to the sharks commonly found in our estuaries and along our coast.
For Students: Midlands Technical College: STEM Week Industry Leaders Panel, Panel discussion with a group of STEM industry leaders about the impacts of COVID 19 on STEM industries and their resiliency, why they chose their path in STEM, challenges they faced, the benefits of STEM education
WEEK TWO (March 21-28): AN INNOVATOR'S MINDSET BROUGHT TO YOU BY NATIONAL INVENTOR'S HALL OF FAME
For Students: South Carolina Aquarium: Join the South Carolina Aquarium as we meet team members from all different roles in the Aquarium!
For Educators: The Clemson University Center for Workforce Development invites you to join their next webinar about building virtual reality (VR) simulations for advanced technological education.
For Educators: STEM Lesson Development: The Wildlife Engineering Design Challenge. Tracy Elmore, 2020 STEM Educator of the Year, will provide an overview of how to incorporate online resources to create an engaging, interdisciplinary, STEM lesson. SC Council of Competitiveness is hosting this event.
Watch Recorded Session
For Educators: Patriots Point Naval and Maritime Museum and S.C. Sea Grant Consortium presents the March Educator Science Café, "Mixtures and Matter"!
For High School Students and Adults: Midlands Technical College: "Picture a Scientist" Featured Panel Conversation
For Students: JA Inspire Virtual Career Fair is more than a career fair, it brings together the business community and local schools and is designed to help launch middle school students into their futures: high school, college, and careers beyond.
For Students: Clemson University’s EXPLORE Mobile Lab will bring STEM into your home or school with a fun, free, virtual activity led by Clemson University educators and Duke Energy nuclear environmental professionals.
For Students: Webinar Sponsored by Million Women Mentor SC: College Prep: Choosing STEM. Students talk to students about STEM careers, share their experiences, and answer questions about the best way to tackle being a freshman in 2021.
WEEK THREE (March 28 - April 4)
For Students: See It to Be It - Introducing Kids to Real-life Engineers: a student question and answer session with 4 engineers - civil, electrical, environmental, software. Sponsored by Million Women Mentors SC and Learning Blade
Watch Recorded Session
For Educators: 3D printing and PBL activities with Learning Blade.
Watch Recorded Session
For Students: Roper Mountain Science Center in partnership with Duke Energy present its virtual “Arcs and Sparks” program. Experiments in this hair-raising program will show how electrical energy can be transformed into other kinds of energy and how electricity and magnets are related.
WEEK FOUR (April 4 - 11)