STEM Development Foundation
The mission of the STEM Development Foundation (SDF) is to bring together community leaders to foster Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) education, work to increase the number of participants in STEM programs in K-12, Technical Colleges and Universities, and to be a hub for STEM activities. The Foundation will achieve this purpose by supporting tasks such as the following:
Helping students better understand science, technology, engineering and math
Developing and supporting partnerships that will increase the number of students in STEM college and university programs
Supporting student success in STEM programs
Organizing industry and community leaders to increase community awareness of STEM jobs
Working with education leaders to increase the STEM student completion rates
Working with economic development agencies to improve current STEM programs and the need for new programs.
News from the STEM Development Foundation
Thousands of elementary students from across the United States are expected to travel virtually to Washington state’s Penrose Point and Lime Kiln Point state parks in May to see orcas and other aquatic life in their natural habitats through Journey to the Parks, a...
NASA and Texas Instruments (TI) today launched “The Search for STEMnauts,” a virtual scavenger hunt designed to ignite students’ interest in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). Each week for the next six weeks, students in sixth through 12th grade will...
The Lifelong Educational Advantage Program will give high school and technical school graduates basic-to-advanced machine tool knowledge. A new workforce development program engineered by Siemens aims to provide high school students and educators across the country...
2014-2015 STEM Development Award Recipients
1. Fort Mill School District
Dr. Chuck Epps
The Fort Mill District School Superintendent selected an exemplary STEM project at Fort Mill High School. The funds were used to help a team of students design and build an air boat. The design was based on student research.
2. Rock Hill District III
Saluda Trail Middle School
Ms Carolyn Moore and Brenda Campbell
The funds used the funds to set up a bird sanctuary at the school. The students working with the lead teacher documented the need for the bird sanctuary and developed a plan to put the sanctuary on the school campus.
3. Clemson Extension
Science on the Move
Ms. Robin Currence and Ms. Katie Rishebarger
The funds were used to recognize outstanding work by teachers who developed STEM modules and used them as part of “Science on the Move”.
4. SC Department of Commerce
Catawba Regional Education Center
Mrs. Lisa Robins
The funds were used to support teacher STEM internship with industry. The modules developed by the teachers were integrated into the teacher’s regular scheduled classes during the coming academic year.
5. Chester School District
Chester Career Center
Mr. Lee Green and Mrs. Anne Stone
The funds were used to support STEM teacher training and curriculum development at Chester Career Center and at Chester Elementary School Center for the Arts.
6. Piedmont Technical College
Predominately Black Institution (PBI) African American males in STEM Programs
Mr. Steve Coleman and Mr. Andy Omundson
The funds were used to support a needy African American male student in the college’s US Department of Education STEM program.
7. Phi Delta Kappa
Teacher STEM Initiative
Mr. Tom Teuber
The funds were used to support new teachers who graduated and are going into their first position in a school.
Dr. Edward F. Duffy
Dr. Duffy has worked to develop the STEM Development Foundation during the last six months. He has over 35 years experience developing foundations at Community Colleges and Universities. He spent the last 25 years as executive director of a technical college foundation working with the board of directors to raise funds for scholarships and internships for students in STEM programs. He is a nationally recognized Development Professional and has been a Board Member and National President of the Council for Resource Development (organization for community college development staff). Colleges across the country have sought his consulting services in developing foundations and fundraising strategies, federal proposal development and evaluation. Working with the US Department of Energy, he established a local Energy Resource Center and served on a national board made up major research universities, utilities and National Energy Labs.
STEM Development Foundation: 725 Cherry Road, PO Box 4846 Rock Hill, SC 29732