Meeting Minutes – November 30, 2016

Collaborative Meeting

November 30, 2016


@ 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:

 IV. Happenings

 Science On the Move (Katie Burch):

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



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.


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.