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SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY ENGINEERING MATHEMATICSUpstate SCCollaborativeSTEMAn IntroductionSeptember 23, 2013

2H2 + O2 -> 2H2OMiddle School FocusedSTEM Strategy Transition to Sustainable AllianceAsset MappingMoores Law2 1 = 0F = kxP=I2R



STEM 101 The American Dream


In the good old days of the workplacea STEM job was a job for life. Western Electric in its hay day employed over 40,000 people in all aspects of land based telecommunications at the Hawthorne plant which operated for pretty near 90 years. Home of the Hawthorne effectand workplace for 2 generations of my familyOnce you arrived in STEMyou arrived. Innovations lasted a lifetimeor maybe several. Todaynot so muchThus far none of us work at Dollar Tree or Footlockerbut STEM is about both maintaining technical edge in the world and preparing a new generation of workers who are in constant upgrade mode.

2K-12 PartnershipsEPSCOR2/13/13

STEM 101 Whats NewScience, Technology, EngineeRing and Mathematicsor is it STEAM 101?



The Collaborative seeks to highlight the ARTS as an integral part of the STEM learning experience. Innovation, design, entrepreneurshipall are fostered by seeing the world, thinking and problem solving in ways that demand an understanding of the arts as an integral part of STEM.



Move forward with a sustainable alliancePartner with SC Coalition for Mathematics & Science for management/operationsIdentify a full-time executive director

STEMUpstate SCCollaborative


On January 22, 2013 a unanimous decision was made by the Taskforce to move forward with a sustainable STEM alliance modeled after the Lowcountry STEM Collaborative.

It was further decided to contract with SCCMS for management of the Collaborative on a trial basis. This decision was based upon SCCMS knowledge of the regional, state and national STEM landscape. Additionally, SCCMS ties to an existing 501 (c) 3 organization would allow the Upstate Collaborative a running start with an option to pursue its own not-for-profit status at its convenience.


STEMUpstate SCCollaborativeMISSIONTo make the Upstate a national model in STEM-related experiences for K-12 students by:

PartneringInspiring interestPromoting awareness and accessBuilding capacity


The Collaboratives mission is to create a national model for providing awareness and access to STEM-related experiences for K-12 students.

Measures that matter in being considered as a model are the ability to engage individuals and organization in working collaboratively as partners, the ability to inspire and engage the community (including parents, children, teachers and learners of all sorts), and the creation of lasting infrastructures to continue the mission.


STEMUpstate SCCollaborativeSTEM Asset MappingVolunteer and Outreach Coordination STEM InvestmentSTEM Network FacilitationLaunching Strategies


The idea of a collaborative is that it serves as an infrastructure that is both sustainable and fluid. It is sustainable in that it has staff with the capacity to bring together people and resources around a common mission. It is fluid in that the strategies selected are guided by the partnerships of Non-Profit Organizations, K-12 School Systems, Post Secondary Academic Organizations, Industrial Companies and others who provide intellectual, action, and capital resources to the collaborative.


STEMUpstate SCCollaborativeSTEM Asset MappingPreview in September 2013


The SC STEM ASSET Map will be a digital repository of visual and textual information that identifies a specified range of STEM education programs and resources located in South Carolina. This information will be accessible and useful to STEM constituencies including, educators, parents, students, scientists and engineers, professional organizations, economic development entities and government agencies.

The Asset Map is being built upon concepts of crowd-sourcing where the SC STEM community will populate data and information into the system, recommend and/or like, comment, and send out invitations.

The Asset Map is being developed by Clemson Computing and Information Technology (CCIT) with funding assistance from the Clemson University Center for Workforce Development (CUCWD) and SCCMS. SCCMS, through its relationships with a broad spectrum of STEM education stakeholders will guide MAP development such that it reflects the needs of probable users.


Volunteer and Outreach Coordination STEMUpstate SCCollaborative

Dream ConnectorsCareer Exploration for Middle School Students


Dream Connectors is just one example of how the Collaborative might facilitate volunteer and outreach coordination. (Need text from Marjorie.)

Other volunteer and outreach coordination we might do as per the committeeEngineering WeekFurmans Research Experiences for TeachersiSTEMRoper Mountain Science Center -- 2nd SaturdayOther Multi-entity events including STEM demos at local schoolsMentorships8

STEM InvestmentSTEMUpstate SCCollaborativeAdminister sponsor branded mini-grants, scholarships and other investments in STEM capacity building


The Collaborative is intended to foster investment in STEM education. One proposed investment is the establishment of sponsor branded mini-grants and student/teacher scholarships to participate in STEM events.

Ideally, mini-grants and scholarships would be linked to activities listed on the STEM Asset Map.


STEM Network FacilitationSTEMUpstate SCCollaborativeConvene STEM engaged and interested individuals and organizations to share and learn.


Beyond calling the executive board and various committees together the Collaborative will promote best practice sharing sessions among partners, other STEM collaboratives, and statewide STEM initiatives.


STEMUpstate SCCollaborativeOrganizational StructureMeasurablesSustainabilityMaking it Grow


The proposed organizational structure is based on management by SCCMS.


Organizational StructureSTEMUpstate SCCollaborativeExecutive Board Advisory (Strategic)Founding, Supporting & Facilitating Partners, Director and SCCMSUpstate SC STEM Collaborative Board (Tactical)Chairs of Standing Committees, Director and SCCMSUpstate SC STEM Collaborative Director (Operational)


Suggested Standing Committees Communication and Marketing, Resource and Development, Governance and Leadership, Asset Mapping, Volunteer and Outreach Programs and Steering (made up of by chairs of the other committees.

The role of SCCMS is strategic/operational. We are strategic in that well keep the Upstate Collaborative in contact and alignment with other STEM collaboratives and anything we are doing in terms of a statewide STEM plan.

We are operational in that well ensure the Upstate Collaborative can function by fulfilling its 501 [c] 3 needs to collect and expend revenue and to pass audit. Additionally, we have and capacity to hire and provide Human resources support through Clemson Universityor to subcontract with other hiring agencies.

SCCMS should serve in an ex officio capacity on the Executive Board. That means we advise but do not vote.12

MeasurablesSTEMUpstate SCCollaborativeFocus on community energy and engagement as measured by people and time committed to a limited menu of STEM actions.


Measures that matter in being considered as a model are the ability to engage individuals and organization in working collaboratively as partners, the ability to inspire and engage the community (including parents, children, teachers and learners of all sorts), and the creation of lasting infrastructures to continue the mission.

One of the challenges a Collaborative faces is to avoid biting off more outcome intentions than they can reasonably deliver. Another is to avoid creating redundancies by taking on outcomes that are already in good hands.

Engagement is the most critical work for a regional collaborative to take on. It is work that one person can manage and it is fairly easy to measure results.


Sustainability Part 1STEMUpstate SCCollaborativeFounding Partners Not less than $15,000 annually for 3 years or $50,000 in total for 5 years.

Supporting Partners Not less than $10,000 annually for 3 years or $40,000 in total for 5 years.

Facilitating Partners Not less than $7,500 annually for 3 years or $25,000 in total for 5 years.


The collaborative needs enough high level support initially to generate attention and give the director and collaborators proof of concept time. Ultimately, if the collaborative does good work, it will generate lots of smaller level partners, grants and other revenueand that is Sustainability Part 2. Founders should take note that grant funding for ongoing infrastructure/personnel support is almost nonexistent at this time.

At this time Michelin and Fluor have made a Founding Partners commitment.

It is worth noting too that SCCMS will be generating an in-kind and cost savings contribution to the Collaborative that is easily worth $7,500 annually.


Sustainability Part 2STEMUpstate SCCollabo