Educational Institutions

South Carolina Governor's School for Science & Math Foundation, Inc.

  • Columbia, SC
  • www.scgssm.org

Mission Statement

The mission of the South Carolina Governor's School for Science and Mathematics (GSSM) is to offer our state's most academically motivated students a unique learning environment that strengthens their ability to think critically, stimulates the joy of learning and fosters the excitement of discovery through hands-on scientific research. The GSSM Foundation's mission is to support the Governor's School by giving voice to its needs, providing supplemental funds to augment its programs and informing the public as to its accomplishments and contributions to the quality of life and economic prosperity of South Carolina.

Main Programs

  1. iTEAMS Xtreme: Next Generation
  2. CREATEng
Service Areas

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South Carolina

State of South Carolina

ruling year

1990

Principal Officer since 2005

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Kim Bowman

Keywords

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Governor's School, GSSM, SCGSSM, iTEAMS Xtreme, CREATEng

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EIN

57-0881347

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Educational Services and Schools - Other (B90)

IRS Filing Requirement

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Programs + Results

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Overview

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GSSM's recent accomplishments include: 1. Accelerate: GSSM developed its virtual Accelerate engineering program to cultivate the next generation of creative engineers and technical leaders by offering motivated 10th, 11th and 12th grade students an innovative and accelerated path toward achieving college engineering degrees. The program delivers year-round, virtual instruction on high school campuses and is complemented by real-world, team-based projects on weekends and summers, as well as industry internships. Accelerate represents a partnership between GSSM, SC's top engineering colleges and high schools across the state. For the 2015-16 school year and the program's third year of operation, Accelerate has grown to 104 students at 20 sites. 2. Duke Energy Center for Science Education and Outreach: The Center for Outreach is a statewide resource invested in hands-on, minds-on, STEM-based, project-based programming and enrichment initiatives. GSSM's Outreach programs, such as iTEAMS Xtreme, GoSciTech and CREATEng, among others, strive to deliver innovative and challenging STEM education opportunities. In 2015, the center reached nearly 10,000 students and teachers across the state. 3. Residential High School: For the 2015-16 academic school year, GSSM has reached its maximum capacity of 288 students. The School offers 11-12th graders nearly 50 different STEM courses, 40% of which are taught above the AP level. GSSM's faculty all hold masters degrees and 80% hold PhDs. GSSM students are offered unique learning opportunities that are not found in traditional settings, including a six-week mentored scientific research program in South Carolina, the US, Europe and Asia. GSSM students celebrate the highest SAT and ACT scores in the state. In 2015, the 111 graduating seniors were awarded nearly $14 million in scholarships to colleges and universities across the country.

Programs

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Program 1

iTEAMS Xtreme: Next Generation

iTEAMS Xtreme: Next Generation is week-long ""step-up"" experience stemming from iTEAMS Xtreme, which was previously offered in Beaufort County. During the Next Generation camp, rising 7th-8th graders will use cutting-edge technology, including the open-source electronic prototyping platform, Arduino, and the 3-D prototyping software, SolidWorks, in a camp track designed for students who are ready to advance their knowledge in coding, designing and printing a real-world 3-D model.

Category

Education, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)

Budget

Program 2

CREATEng

CREATEng is a one-week engineering experience for rising 8th-9th graders. The program focuses on developing students' understanding of the field of engineering through team-based challenges in various disciplines. Working in teams, students are engaged in a problem-solving curriculum where they apply principles of engineering design to solve challenges, including building a bridge and making wind turbines. The daily and mini challenges are complemented by field trips to local industry facilities and guest speaker sessions featuring practicing engineers.

Category

Education, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)

Budget

Service Areas

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South Carolina

State of South Carolina

Funding Needs

The GSSM Foundation welcomes and appreciates financial gifts of any amount in support of our:1. CREATEng engineering camp (New to Beaufort County in Summer 2016) 2. iTEAMS Xtreme: Next Generation camp (New to Beaufort County in Summer 2016) 3. GSSM's virtual engineering program, Accelerate

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SOUTH CAROUNA GOVERNORS SCHOOL FOR SCIENCE & MATHEMATICS FOUNDATION INC
Fiscal year: Jul 01-Jun 30
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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South Carolina Governor's School for Science & Math Foundation, Inc.

Leadership

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Principal Officer

Kim Bowman

BIO

Kim Bowman joined the South Carolina Governor's School for Science and Math nearly ten years ago. Bowman oversees the GSSM Foundation, as well as government affairs, marketing, recruiting, admissions, outreach, alumni relations and career services. She also leads the School's strategic direction efforts which design, develop and launch unique academic offerings such as the BlueCross Blue Shield Economics and Finance Institute, the BMW Engineering Projects Center, the Duke Energy Engineering and Innovation Institute and GSSM's newest endeavor, the Accelerate Virtual Engineering program - a futuristic delivery of the first-year of college engineering courses during 10th-12th grades. In the last few years, Bowman has also led the dramatic expansion of GSSM's Outreach offerings, growing the impact from a one-week residential summer camp in Hartsville to four weeks of residential camp, along with 17 weeks of statewide satellite camps.

STATEMENT FROM THE Principal Officer

"One of 12 public residential high schools in America, the South Carolina Governor's School for Science and Mathematics in Hartsville, SC, has positively impacted thousands of students and teachers across the state with advanced STEM education offerings for the past 28 years. What started as an education incubator of 64 students in 1988 has grown to an advanced high school of 288 students in residence, 104 students in a virtual engineering program and more than 10,000 students and teachers touched annually through professional development and outreach programs. GSSM's differentiators are many but include a 24/7 environment, PhD faculty, mandatory scientific and business research conducted in labs across the state, country, Europe and Asia, along with a college schedule, pace and rigor. GSSM students are exposed to travel opportunities, dual college enrollment courses, independent study and an inclusive community of excellence. In addition to our residential and virtual programs, GSSM is committed to broader talent development for the long term prosperity of our state through our residential summer camps and satellite summer camp programs. What's more, GSSM exercises this commitment to excellence through its STEM Continuous Engagement Model or SCEM which not only allows us to extend exposure to a larger audience but allows us to target, track and ""hook"" motivated students on STEM through the continuity of multiple offerings and experiences in grades 7-10. For example, students can begin our SCEM in 7th grade and benefit from one or more offerings annually through 9th or 10th grade, at which time they can apply to our virtual Accelerate engineering program or our residential program if they choose to do so. On top of that, if teachers in their schools have received professional development from GSSM, the impact is enhanced. As part of our commitment to South Carolina, GSSM will continue to grow and fine-tune its outreach offerings to (1) target motivated students, (2) introduce them to relevant, cutting-edge experiences beyond the realm of the traditional classroom, (3) keep them engaged in a comprehensive pipeline, (4) track their progress throughout the pipeline and (5) support them in college, internship and career endeavors, thus building the pipeline of talent for high tech/high impact companies. In 2016, we look forward to introducing two new outreach opportunities in Beaufort County - iTEAMS Xtreme: Next Generation and CREATEng. Next Generation is our newest and most advanced summer camp offering built around the electronic prototyping platform Arduino. CREATEng is our design thinking engineering camp that was requested by many teachers and families throughout the county. Designed for rising 7-9th graders, these project-based opportunities are designed peak students' interest in the fields of technology, engineering and entrepreneurism. It is our hope that you will consider partnering with us once again to make a lasting, positive impact on the young minds of Beaufort County."

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Kurt R. Kraft

The Boeing Company

Term: July 2015 - June 2016

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