May 23, 2018
4:00 – 5:30 pm
@ Roper Mountain Science Center
Kelsye Acker, Melinda Ammerman , Madeline Brown, Joan Burket, Sarah Deveau, John Driscoll, Dorothy Earle, Dewey Evans, Donna Foster, Juan Gonzalez, Kelly Hodnett, Melissa Huff, Chloe Ingle, Gerald Marshall, Duke Moses, Valerie Mosher, Julius Nfor, Tom Peters, Cassidy Reynolds, Keith Walker, Jason Weidman
Meeting Topic: STEM Mentoring in South Carolina
Million Women Mentors- SC Chapter – Dr. Donna Foster
PEER and WISE at Clemson University – Serita Acker
GE Girls Club – Melinda Ammerman
- How do you define STEM mentoring?
- What is the role and value of STEM mentoring?
- How are you or your company already involved in STEM mentoring OR How do you or your company plan to be involved in STEM mentoring?
- What are your next steps?
August 22, 2018 at 4 pm
Roper Mountain Science Center
The iMAGINE Expo 2018 for School Counselors and Mentors, held on March 1, 2018, was a special event to raise awareness about STEM opportunities in the Upstate! A highly engaging, structured event was designed to equip school counselors and mentors with the resources they need to ensure that students have a viable path to a rewarding STEM career.
November 15, 2017
5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
@ Hughes Main Library
Kelsye Acker, Laney Alverson, Kori Benion, Jaime Benton, Madeline Brown, Chris Burras, Helen Byce, Patra Card, Kenneth Carter, Maya Davis, Marissa DiLoreto, John Driscoll, Adraine Garner, Alice Gilchrist, Christen Hairston, Christen Hairston, Melissa Huff, Greg Hutchinson, Jennifer Klipp, Beth Leavitt, Justin Lewis, Mandy Liesch, Joey Loman, Zephaniah Long, Deanna Ludwick, Gerald Marshall, Mel Middleton, Brian Morrison, Brianah Morse, Susan Orr, Tom Peters, Thomas Riddle, Thomas Scott, Sr. John Agnes Suh, Donna Swanger, Courtney Weldon, and Jonathan Wiles
- Welcome – Melissa and Ken
- Introduction and welcomes
- Introduces NSBE – Ken
- Agenda – Melissa
- Presents agenda, introduce speakers
- Reviews purpose of our meeting
- Overview of STEAM Tech Team – Fay Choban
- Overview of NSBE – Brianah, Ken
- Overview of Science on the Move – Katie Burch
- Q&A – Melissa, Kelsye
- Table discussions
- Closing – Melissa
- What do you think are the most important challenges for students in the Upstate that the Upstate STEM Collaborative, NSBE, and its initiatives and partners should address?
- What is the value of community-wide collaboration around STEM? If you have been participating with our network before today, what is the value of the Upstate STEM Collaborative to you? How could our network be more effective?
- How do the programs you heard about today address or fail to address the challenges you cited in question #1?
- What ways can we work together to support and improve these programs and others?
- What other opportunities do you see for us to support existing programs and enhance connections between STEM outreach initiatives and organizations? What role should the Upstate STEM Collaborative play?
- Network with other STEM professionals
- Learn more about our Upstate K-12 STEM initiatives
- Discover ways to get involved
- Discuss gaps in STEM outreach and how to reach underserved students
- Help cast our vision for the future
- Come away inspired to ensure that every student is college & career ready!
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September 13, 2017
@ Roper Mountain Science Center
Kelsye Acker, Madeline Brown, Steven Brown, Joan Burket, Fay Choban, Bob Choban, John Driscoll, David Gardner, Alice Gilchrist, Juan Gonzalez, Laura Graves, Jennifer Harrill, Melissa Huff, James Kalinowski, Jennifer Klipp, Katie Klipp, Zephaniah Long, Lynn Mann, Mel Middleton, Jessica Morton, Val Mosher, Rick Murphy, Bill Pedersen, London Penland, Cassidy Reynolds, Rob Rhodes, Brian Richard, Thomas Riddle, Ansel Sanders, Dawn Sheriff, Donna Swanger, Tiffany Tate, Cheryl Wiggins
- Welcome – Melissa
- Announcements – Melissa
- Introduce Kelsye Acker
- Update on iMAGINE Upstate
- Show iU video (5 min)
- Introduce Guest Speaker – Melissa – until 4:20pm
- Keynote Speaker – Ansel Sanders (20-30 min) – until 5pm
- STEAM Grants – K-12 awards 5 $2k grants to support STEAM related projects in the classroom for the year. Creating conditions to attract & retain teach talent through social media & reaching out to principals.
- Ansel’s introduces Discussion Questions
- Explains that conversation notes will be used by Melissa to create a survey to inform our goals and direction moving forward
- Roundtable Discussions (15-20 min) – 5:00 – 5:20pm
- Questions: Sheets at tables
- Discussion Time (15 min)
- Sharing (10 min) – each table shares 3 take-away points or follow-up questions with the entire group (5:20 – 5:30pm)
- Closing – Director (5:30pm) – 5 minutes
- Melissa – thanks Ansel Sanders
- Ask for notes and remind how they will be used – expect to receive a follow up survey within two weeks
- Next meeting will be a joint Special Event with NSBE that will delve deeper into these questions and solidify our goals, mission and strategic plans moving forward through 2020. Date: 15th from 5:30 – 7:30pm. Includes roundtable workshops led by facilitators and lots of time for networking. Location TBD.
- What does STEAM or STEM mean to you? What are the underlying assumptions? How can STEM or STEAM be integrated into in-school and out-of-school experiences for students?
- Do kids assume they must be Great at math in order to do STEM?
- Culture of STEM practitioners’ values critical thinking (role of failure)
- Integration of content
- Interconnections of S.T.E.A.M. and industries
- Bridge gap between STEM education and STEM careers
- Developing necessary skills to be successful in the workforce
- Both STEM and soft skills
- A vehicle to empower students and children
- Minorities, lower class/impoverished, women
- Better educate parents & teachers on STEAM & STEM
- Give students a road map & career overview of various careers in STEAM & STEAM
- Is STEM mainly about WHAT to learn or HOW to learn?
- How to learn
- Foster creativity
- What do we mean by “21st Century” skills? Profile of a SC Graduate.
- Add to handout Master Classes
- More understanding
- Meaningful/Practical learning
- Problem solving – hands on
- Learning to learn
- Continuous learning
- How do we know that there are gaps in STEM education and workforce development?
- Difficulty in
- Recruitment into industry/school system
- Do kids relate real-life careers with STEM subjects
- Classroom prep in college
- Lack of teachers
- Importing of employees
- Lack of supply for our current workforce
- Lack of varies problem-solving skills and risk taking (which build confidence that is needed in STEM
- Is our goal to prepare students to enter the workforce or to prepare well-rounded global citizens?
- Yes, to enter the workforce means you are a good citizen
- It’s both
- Well-rounded global citizens enter the workforce more prepared, more seamlessly ready and with more to offer
- What are some ways we can work together as a community to better prepare students for their future?
- Summer classes
- Value education
- Celebrity – need science, not just sports
- Companies adopt schools and provide role models
- Create community projects that act as intermediary mediums for public/private partnerships
- Offer Engaging, hands-on, relevant, age-appropriate activities
- Offer exposure to STEM workers from the “real-world”
- Open opportunities for seeing STEM in workplaces close to the students
- What is the purpose of the Upstate STEM Collaborative?
- The people in this room at different places in understanding/wants/needs
- Sharing resources
- Build networks/connections
- Identify possible opportunities
- Get us all working together to provide insight and collaboration
- To join reps from various fields, raise awareness of opportunities, provide networking of organizations to open doors of opportunity for ALL SC students in STEAM
- What role should the Upstate STEM Collaborative play in improving education and supporting economic development in our region? What areas of the community should we be focused on impacting: schools, afterschool and summer programs, public policy, business and industry, etc.
- Teach parents and teachers the value of a career in STEM manufacturing
- Opportunities from 2-year degrees
- Introduce students to the career skills path to STEM at younger ages
- More apprenticeship programs at high school level
- Breaking the stigma of technical/ 2-year degrees and advance manufacturing
- Showcasing the success of students placed in careers after 2-year degree/certifications vs 4-year degrees
- Act as a networking facilitator to bridge gaps between volunteer groups and partnerships
- Communities, schools, after school, summer, 4 to 5, Public Policy to Business/Industry
- BIG IDEAS from one group
- Goal – Equip SC students in STEAM for life
- Need – Additional access to opportunities and funding for/in STEAM in and out of the classroom
- Action – Pool resources and increase quality communication
As a passionate professional, Kelsye is excited to join iMAGINE Upstate and the Upstate SC STEM Collaborative team in her new role as Special Events and Marketing Coordinator. With her particular interest in mentoring and motivating youth, she is thrilled to be involved with a program like iMAGINE Upstate that is geared toward students and young professionals. Kelsye’s dad is an engineer and she is looking forward to gaining a deeper understanding of STEM education and careers.
Prior to joining the team, Kelsye managed display media campaigns as a Media Specialist at Infinity Marketing with their DJ Endorsements program in Greenville. Her experience includes sales, marketing, client management, branding and financial communications.
Originally from Atlanta, GA, South Carolina has always been a second home since she has family in Anderson. Kelsye earned her bachelor’s from Kennesaw State University in Communications with a focus in Public Relations. When she’s not hard at work, you can find her downtown checking out the latest food spots, or spending quality time with family in Anderson!
Upstate SC STEM Collaborative:
Come hear from guest speaker Ansel Sanders, President of Public Education Partners in Greenville. Public Education Partners is a local education fund dedicated to building dynamic public schools that inspire, encourage, and support students to fulfill their dreams.
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June 14, 2017
@ Roper Mountain Science Center
Laney Alverson, Madeline Brown, Joan Burket, Kelly Byers, Bob Dickinson, John Driscoll, Juan Gonzolez, Melissa Huff, Dave Lewandowski, Val Mosher, Rick Murphy, London Penland, Tom Peters, Benjamin Ranson, Aimee Redick, Susie Teague, John Tully, Jason Weidman, Jodi Zeis
iMAGINE Upstate Festival
Save the Date! The 2018 iMAGINE Upstate Festival will be on Saturday, April 7, 2018!
Science on the Move
Science on the Move
It’s a pleasure to introduce myself to those of you I have not had the pleasure of meeting yet. In late 2016, I stepped in to direct the iMAGINE Upstate STEAM Fest to fill Sarah Arbogast’s former role. Thanks in large part to the support of the Collaborative and our amazing partners in the industry, education and nonprofit sectors, iMAGINE Upstate 2017 was a great success! I am thrilled to announce that I will be taking on the additional position of Upstate SC STEM Collaborative Director officially beginning July 1.
February 22, 2017
@ Roper Mountain Science Center
Attendance: Reid Becker, Jaime Benton, Katie Burch, Ashely Burns, Kelly Byers, Jan Carter, Victoria Corbin, David Gardner, Alice Gilchrist, Greg Hutchinson, Kevin Kunkle, Lynn Mann, Val Mosher, Leesa Owens, Tom Peters, DeDee Quinn, Thomas Riddle, Paul Sharp, Tiffany Tate, Susie Teague, Michael Weeks, Cheryl Wiggins, Jarrod Wiggins