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STEM Education

From an early age, Ronald McNair was passionate about learning, overcoming every obstacle to earn a Ph.D. and eventually travel into space as a NASA astronaut. Using McNair's example as inspiration, we support programs in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). 

University STEM Programs

STEM related programs are offered through a number of University of South Carolina colleges and schools including the College of Engineering and Computing, the College of Arts and Sciences and the College of Education. The McNAIR Center encourages students to take advantage of these programs to prepare for careers in the aerospace cluster. Examples include:

Project Lead the Way

The USC College of Engineering and Computing is the Project Lead the Way affiliate for South Carolina. We train hundreds of educators from across the country to better teach engineering and computing in middle and high schools by engaging their students in activities, projects and problem-based learning through hands-on classroom experiences.

Carolina Master Scholars

The Carolina Master Scholars Adventure Series is a challenging, pre-university summer program for academically talented rising 6th through 12th graders. Students can complete course ranging from adventures in electrical engineering to adventures in vex robotics.

Enhanced Learning Experiences

In these hands-on learning experiences, high school classes can increase their awareness and interest in engineering and computing and gain a taste of college life with real college students and real college professors.

SC Steps to STEM

With both undergraduate and graduate components, SC STEPs (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Talent Expansion Program) to STEM provides scholarships, research internships, workshops, and a series of courses designed to acclimate STEM transfer students to the University and their degree programs. This program is coordinated through our College of Arts and Sciences.