Introducing Kelsye Acker

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!

 

Help us kick-off a new school year with Public Education Partners!

Upstate SC STEM Collaborative:

Fall Meeting

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.

Read more information and register on Eventbrite

Meeting Minutes – June 14, 2017

Collaborative Meeting

June 14, 2017

4:00-5/5:30 pm

@ Roper Mountain Science Center

Attendance:

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

Meeting Information

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

What’s Happening

 

Melissa Huff Picture

Introducing Melissa Huff

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.

Meeting Minutes – February 22, 2017

Collaborative Meeting

February 22, 2017

4:00-5/5:30 pm

@ 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

 

Meeting Minutes – November 30, 2016

Collaborative Meeting

November 30, 2016

4:00-5/5:30pm

@ Roper Mountain Science Center

I. Introduction & Welcome: 

Attendance: Katie Burch, Ashley Burns, Helen Byce, Kelly Byers, Bob Choban, Fay Choban, Victoria Corbin, Ashley Dyal, Juan Gonzolez, Shannon Hansen, John Kaup, Mandy Liesch, Deanna Ludwick, Gerald Marshall, Mel Middleton, Val Mosher, Tom, Peters, DeDee Quinn, Thomas Riddle, Amy St. John, Susie Teague, Michael Weeks, Cheryl Wiggins and Jarrod Wiggins

 II. Moving Forward

  • Our mission remains the same…

III. Timeline Updates

  • Interim Position: Melissa Huff
  • Posting Full-Time Position
  • Priorities set by Collaborative will continue:
    • Provide resources for existing (not new) programs
    • Maintain quality of iMAGINE: Postpone Rock Hill and Spartanburg

III. Architecture-Construction-Engineering (Mel, Helen, Alison)

  • Workforce Development
  • Nationwide supported project
  • Focused on high school students
  • 60+ sites in US (40 states)
  • Working with Next High School
  • Afterschool program (can be during school time)
  • Seeking mentors, PR, monetary donations
  • Who designs the curriculum?
    • They develop own curriculum
    • Include their contact info
    • PowerPoint posted below
    • Website: Acementor.org

 IV. Happenings

 Science On the Move (Katie Burch):

For more information from November’s meeting, please review the PowerPoint.

Thanks!

Presentation:

ACE Mentor Program Presentation:

We bring STEM to YOU

With access brings impact.

When we launched the Collaborative, we set out to bring STEM into every community in our region. With the support of Clemson University, 4-H, and South Carolina’s Coalition for Mathematics & Science the Collaborative was able to help facilitate the longterm support and growth of the Science On the Move program.

Science On the Moves is run by Cherokee trailblazer, Katie Rishebarger.

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The Collaborative has identified a growing opportunity gap in educational opportunity based on geographic location. This is problem seen on a national level. Mobile STEM programs bring education and training to underserved youth in rural and urban areas across the country. Science On the Move focuses on exposing children to STEM fields directly related to regional career opportunities in South Carolina.

You didn’t just hear it from us….

“Science on the Move has been a terrific asset to my classroom instruction. The hands-on programs are perfect for supplementing our current curriculum and the students have enjoyed them as well as learned far more than they could have from a book. Robin and Katie are extremely professional and go the extra mile to accommodate and assist in any way possible to make the experience seamless. I appreciate everyone that has made this opportunity possible for my students.”

– York Preparatory Academy Science Teacher

We want say THANK YOU to Katie for all of her hard work moving STEM across the Upstate. Be on the lookout for her mobile STEM trailer in your community.

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