Hannah Halusker works for South Carolina’s Coalition for Mathematics and Science (SCCMS) as the Director of iMAGINE Upstate, where she helps to facilitate and design impactful, hands-on learning experiences for preK-12 students in the western region of South Carolina. Hannah also directs the coordination of the Upstate SC STEM Collaborative to help join industry and community partners in promoting STEM education and workforce development in South Carolina.
Prior to joining SCCMS, Hannah was the lead science writer for Clemson University’s College of Science in the Department of Communications and Marketing, having published a variety of stories in local, national, and international outlets. She graduated from Clemson University in 2017 with a B.S. in Genetics and is currently in pursuit of her master’s degree in Communication, Technology and Society, also at Clemson.
The common thread throughout all of Hannah’s interests is her aspiration to increase accessibility to the sciences, whether through communication or engagement—and especially for vulnerable populations. In her role with SCCMS, Hannah is eager to bring science to even more of South Carolina’s kids and to get them invested in their education from a young age.
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.
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
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?
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
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
What do we mean by “21st Century” skills? Profile of a SC Graduate.
Add to handout Master Classes
Problem solving – hands on
Learning to learn
How do we know that there are gaps in STEM education and workforce development?
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
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?
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 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
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!
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.
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!
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.
Join our efforts to make the Upstate a national model for workforce development. The Upstate SC STEM Collaborative is a partnership among Upstate non-profit organizations, K-12 school systems, post-secondary academic organizations, industrial companies, businesses, and others who provide intellectual, action, and capital resources to the collaborative