Time: 4:30 PM – 5:15 PM
In South Carolina and across the nation, business leaders are struggling to meet the current and projected demand for jobs in STEM. Companies will not invest in a community unless they are confident that they can find the talent they need to stay competitive.
This session will present ideas on how to create a STEAM Street Festival which involves business and industry, education, non-profits and individuals in your community.
The iMAGINE STEAM Street Festival creates meaningful experiences that promote a culture of lifelong learning and career readiness with an emphasis on science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics (STEAM), innovation, and entrepreneurial activity in South Carolina. The festival focuses on student preparedness and facilitates collaboration among industry partners, academic institutions, non-profit organizations, and the community.
iMAGINE partners with major South Carolina employers to identify high demand career pathways and showcase them to a new generation of innovators in exciting ways. Through interactive learning experiences, iMAGINE STEAM Festivals spark the imaginations of PreK-12 students and fosters their aspirations to pursue 21st century STEM careers.
iMAGINE STEAM Festival is a program of South Carolina’s Coalition for Mathematics & Science (SCCMS) at Clemson University.
Only 26% of South Carolina students are graduating with the degrees and certification necessary to obtain jobs in the STEM Pipeline. Students’ lagging performance in K–12 math and science, particularly among minorities, is a critical reason why.