Incoming college students commit to STEM studies during ‘Signing Day’ at the S.C. Statehouse
By Mike Ettlemyer, ETTLEMYE@cec.sc.edu, 803-777-9065
High school students from throughout the Palmetto State on Tuesday (May 9) celebrated their commitment to studying science, technology, engineering or math (STEM) at the University of South Carolina and other institutions.
The 50 high school seniors joined representatives from Boeing South Carolina, the S.C. Department of Education and Project Lead the Way for the first STEM Signing Day at the South Carolina Statehouse in Columbia.
Nine of the students will attend UofSC in the fall: seven in the College of Engineering and Computing and two in the College of Arts and Sciences. Others will attend different colleges within the state as well as outside of S.C.
Students applied to be involved with the inaugural STEM Signing Day through STEM Premier, a South Carolina-based organization that helps students, educators and employers develop an ecosystem to feed the STEM fields. Students selected to attend the event were recognized for their active involvement with STEM while in high school.
The students joined Joan Robinson-Berry, Boeing South Carolina vice president and general manager; Molly Spearman, S.C. Superintendent of Education; Donald Griffith, Project Lead the Way, College of Engineering and Computing; and Lewis Gossett, S.C. Manufacturers Alliance president and CEO.
Project Lead the Way is the nation’s leading provider of STEM programs for middle- and high-school students. The College of Engineering and Computing is the S.C. affiliate for Project Lead the Way. Learn more here about the program at the College of Engineering and Computing website. For more information, visit the STEM Premier website.
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