Our History - Building on our Past to Design our Future
SCCMS is a convergence of alliances in STEM education forged over the past decade. Key among these are the former South Carolina Coalition for Science and Mathematics Education (SCCSME) and SC Leadership and Assistance for Science Education Reform (SC LASER) a regional site of the National Science Resources Center's LASER initiative (1997-2003).
SCCSME, was instrumental in developing strong ties with NASA. Through the Linking Leaders initiative business, education and public policy leaders from South Carolina joined with NASA and the National Alliance of State Science & Mathematics Coalitions (NASSMC) to establish a common vision for improvement in STEM education and to engage NASA resources in accomplishing its goals.
SC LASER brought together BMW, Dupont, Michelin and Progress Energy to impact K-8 science education across the state. With the assistance of the SC Department of Education and the National Science Resources Center, SC LASER developed and implemented Strategic Planning Institutes directly impacting school districts and Institutions of Higher Education from South Carolina and 11 other states.
In 2004, after the consideration of many alternatives and acronyms, our partnership began to operate under the name of South Carolina’s Coalition for Mathematics & Science. As we refined our vision and set our mission we also began preparing for our first statewide STEM Summit in April of 2005. With the help of the National Alliance of State Science & Mathematics Coalitions, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the U.S. Department of Education we began a dialog that continues to inform our state’s thinking and action in STEM Education.
Our Board of Advisors, as an indicator that we are purposeful about our work, adopted our tag line, “Achievement By Design”. We also like it because of its simplicity of form...three words that say a lot about our intentions.
In 2012, SCCMS and the Clemson University Center for Workforce Development formed a strategic alliance that brings together higher education, PreK-12 and informal STEM education networks.
Tom Peters, Executive Director
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