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

all-day This School’s Got STEM
This School’s Got STEM
Feb 20 – Mar 5 all-day
Want to show off your coolest STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) project? Wow us with a 3-5 minute video that shows us a great way for students to explore STEM content in one of[...]
7:30 am Global Competitiveness Summit VI... @ Harris Conference Center
Global Competitiveness Summit VI... @ Harris Conference Center
Mar 15 @ 7:30 am – 12:00 pm
March 15, 2017 7:30 a.m. – Registration, Networking and Breakfast 8 – noon – Event Program Join us on March 15, 2017, to focus on building the Charlotte region as a global hub of commerce.[...]
all-day 2017 Fluor Engineering Challenge...
2017 Fluor Engineering Challenge...
Mar 17 all-day
Enter the 2017 Fluor Engineering Challenge for K-12 Students Who can enter? The 2017 Fluor Engineering Challenge is open to K-12 students around the world. Students can enter individually or as teams of up to[...]

News from the STEM Development Foundation

13 Things You Didn’t Know About STEM

(August 22, 2016) If you’re pursuing a degree to enhance your career options, you’ll be glad to know that earning just about any degree will put you far ahead in the working world than someone who forgoes college altogether. But did you know that if you earn an...

Executive Summary: Prosperity for Greater Charlotte

Strategic Economic Assessment Executive Summary The Prosperity for Greater Charlotte project and the HUD “CONNECT Our Future” Economic Development Group collaboratively partners the Centralina Council of Governments, Catawba Regional Council of Governments, Centralina...

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.

Foundation Staff

Dr. Edward F. Duffy

Executive Director
(803) 417-9030

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

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