STEM Education Month is an annual event that continues to grow. Find out our impact each year.
2018 STEM Education Day at the Capitol was held on Wednesday, March 7th, as part of South Carolina's Coalition for Mathematics & Science (SCCMS) & the S²TEM Center SC's 25-year celebration. The public was invited to gather at the State House 1st Floor Lobby for a press conference, Governor Henry McMaster read a proclamation, and local robotics teams were present in the lobby to all to showcase their work and engage with attendees. The press conference was followed by a sit-down luncheon and program held at the Capitol City Club. Invited guests included legislators, SCCMS Board and Friends, Growing STEM Grant Winners, and others.
2019 The initiative expanded in 2019 to STEM Education Week. Each day had a different theme:
Monday: Raise Your Voice for STEM Education! We encouraged STEM stakeholders to write to their legislature in support of STEM initiatives;
Tuesday: STEM Day at the Capitol;
Wednesday: STEM Impact Day - a social media push of posting videos and messages from students, educators, community, and business/industry professionals on how STEM education impacts our state. #STEMWeekSC was used to curate content from those posting from around the state;
Thursday: Show Us Your STEM! A social media push to post video, photos, and messages about how STEM education ‘looks’ in the state - learning STEM in classrooms and informal education setting;
Friday: Make your commitment! We asked STEM stakeholders to make a commitment to STEM education using an electronic commitment form to be shared with legislatures.
Growing in STEM Grants continued for a second year. In cooperation with SC Future Minds, the SC STEM Educator of the Year program was launched, naming Warren Wise as the inaugural winner.STEM Education Day at the Capitol was held on Tuesday, April 9. New this year was an expanded presence of student groups who set up displays on the East Lawn. Following the press conference invited guests that included VIPs and the student groups were invited to a casual box luncheon at Edventure. Over 100 guests attended.
2020 The initiative expanded yet again to STEM Education Month with themed weeks:
Week One:Celebrating Educators - Highlight accomplishments of teachers – using STEM Educator of the Year submission materials;
Week Two:Celebrating STEM Accomplishments - Celebrate how the state ismoving forward in STEM Education, including STEM Education Day at the Capitol;
Week Three:Celebrating Schools and Students - Highlight accomplishments of school initiatives and students - mini-grant recipients, certified STEM Schools, students committed to STEM careers;
Week Four:Celebrating Community Partners - Highlight initiatives happening around the state - out of school time, community events, partnerships, mentor programs (DIG STEM after school, Science on the Move, Business/Industry programs for students (like Million Women Mentors)Robotics teams, etc.)
Growing in STEM Grants continued for a third year.STEM Educator of the Year continued naming Tracy Elmore as the winner.STEM Education Day at the Capitol, Legislative Breakfast and Post Luncheon was scheduled for Thursday, March 26th.The Legislative Breakfast was scheduled prior to the press conference, 11 student groups had planned to display in the 1st floor lobby prior to and following the press conference. Due to COVID restrictions, STEM Education Day at the Capitol was cancelled. The STEM Educator of the Year was named during a Facebook Live presentation organized by SC Future Minds and SC-ETV.
2021 In effort to expand the offerings during STEM Education Month, the Partner Action Team was created. This team was tasked with supporting the theme, “See Me in STEM”, by creating opportunities and experience for all during STEM Education Month.
Growing in STEM Grants continued for a fourth year.The STEM Educator of the Year initiative shifted from SC Future Minds to SC Council of Competitiveness. Amy Baldwin was named the 2021 SC STEM Educator of the Year, her platform is, “Changing the Face of STEM.”STEM Education Day at the Capitol was done hybrid-style. Due to ongoing COVID restrictions, no student demonstrations were planned at the Capitol and the Legislative Breakfast was cancelled. Instead, SC-ETV set-up a remote live broadcast from the State House 1st Floor Lobby. Speakers were present at the Capitol, but all students, schools, and educators being recognized were remote.