STEM Development Foundation

Increasing Awareness of STEM

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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.

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Upcoming Events

11:00 am iMAGINE STEAM Festival @ Downtown Rock Hill
iMAGINE STEAM Festival @ Downtown Rock Hill
Oct 27 @ 11:00 am – 4:00 pm
iMAGINE STEAM Festival @ Downtown Rock Hill
A day-long STEAM Festival hosted by iMAGINE and its community partners across York, Chester, and Lancaster counties of South Carolina on October 27, 2018 in downtown Rock Hill. The event targets pre-K-12 students and their[...]

News from the STEM Development Foundation

Regional STEM Awareness Programs

Article in MHI Solutions - Improving Supply Chain Performance: "Introducing Middle School Students to Careers in Supply Chain" Of the many approaches to tackling the current--and mitigating the future--shortage of skilled workers needed throughout supply...

Giti Tire R&D Director: Company looking for people with STEM skills

By Brian Garner Tuesday, December 5, 2017 at 10:53 pm (Updated: December 6, 7:19 am)  (Source - The News & Reporter) Dr. Hamid Aboutorabi, director of the Giti Tire R&D Center, took time from helping with the tour for U.S Senator Tim Scott this week to talk about the...

The 4th TEEN CEO Day is coming up!

The STEM Development Foundation along with the Chester Economic Development and the Chester, Lancaster and York School Districts will host the fourth Teen CEO Day at the Gateway Conference Center in Chester on November 13-14, 2018.

Foundation Staff

Susie Teague, M. Ed., NBCT

Executive Director, STEM Development Foundation
email: [email protected]
(803) 517-4466

As the Executive Director of the STEM Development Foundation (SDF), Susie Teague works closely with school districts and community partners in York, Chester and Lancaster counties. In these settings, she applies her expertise in growing the leadership capacities of others and in developing innovative approaches to bring STEM learning experiences, including Rock Hill’s first iMAGINE STEAM Festival and SDF’s TEEN CEO Day, to the community.

With many school districts implementing one-to-one technology plans, Susie stays abreast of the best instructional uses of learning tools including teaching apps, gaming and coding. She has also developed a strong interest in making STEM learning accessible in early childhood settings, as well as in out-of-school learning spaces.

As an outcome of South Carolina’s Coalition for Mathematics & Science’s (SCCMS) 2017 Grand Challenges in SC STEM Education Summit, Susie continues her leadership role in efforts to enhance the value and perception of STEM teaching and learning in South Carolina and beyond. This includes serving as a liaison to SC Future Minds, the SC Department of Commerce, and the national 100Kin10 initiative.

Susie maintains a joint appointment with SCCMS as a Regional Coordinator through its S2TEM Centers SC initiative. Prior to joining S²TEM Centers SC in 2007, Susie taught in Lancaster and York counties. Her teaching experience spanned grades 3-8 and included both mathematics and science. With National Board Certification and a Master’s in Curriculum and Instruction, Susie has the passion and determination for life-long learning and establishing high-quality education experiences for learners of all ages throughout South Carolina.

STEM Development Foundation: 725 Cherry Road, PO Box 4846 Rock Hill, SC 29732

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