Governor’s School to partner with districts on teacher STEM training

Columbia, SC - The South Carolina Governor’s School for Science & Mathematics (GSSM) is pleased to announce a new education partnership with Darlington County School District, Florence School District One and the School District of Pickens County thanks to a generous investment by Duke Energy.

GSSM delivering its Portable Advanced STEM Exploration (PASE) teacher training program to 45 middle school math and science teachers across the three districts. Through PASE, teachers will engage in inquiry-based labs designed to teach them how to integrate learning technologies and equipment into their standards-based curriculum. Following the workshops, teachers may elect to borrow the PASE equipment for use in their classrooms.

“Supporting effective STEM programs like these is a critical focus for our company,” said Mindy Taylor, government and community relations manager for Duke Energy. “Giving science and math teachers new tools to better engage students and integrate these technologies into the classroom will help produce the next generation of high-tech workers.”

“We are extremely grateful to Duke Energy for the opportunity to impact teachers and students across South Carolina in an effort to help improve skills, confidence and outcomes,” said Kim Bowman, CEO of the GSSM Foundation. “Today’s students are technology natives. Our goal is to take advantage of that by making data collection and analysis an integral part of the learning process.”

PASE Science provides mobile learning technologies to middle and high school teachers of physical science, chemistry, biology and physics. PASE Math is designed specifically for Algebra I teachers. Both programs can be customized and are rooted in design inquiry and hands-on activities with real-world connections. Technologies include TI-Nspire calculators and handheld Labquest computers, along with a collection of sensors and probes.

For more information about PASE visit our website or contact Randy La Cross, GSSM Vice President of Outreach and Research, at 843-383-3916 or lacross@gssm.k12.sc.us or LaChanda Hare, GSSM Outreach Instructor & Coordinator, at 843-383-3901 x 4016 or lnhare@gssm.k12.sc.us.