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

Dr. Edward F. Duffy

Executive Director
[email protected]
(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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