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. Only 26% of South Carolina students are graduating with the degrees and certification necessary to obtain these jobs. Students' lagging performance in K–12 math and science, particularly among minorities, is a critical reason why.Source: Education Commission of the States
The good news is that the effective programs like iMAGINE Upstate’s STEAM Festival are beginning to fill in the gaps in the STEM pipeline in South Carolina. iMAGINE Upstate 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 Upstate sparks the imaginations of PreK-12 students and fosters their aspirations to pursue 21st century STEM careers.
Celebrate STEAM, innovation, and entrepreneurial activity in the Upstate.
Promote PreK-12 education and workforce development with an emphasis on student readiness.
Raise awareness and educate students, families, and professionals about STEAM career opportunities in the Upstate.
Ignite an interest in STEAM for PreK-12 students and cultivate lifelong learning through hands-on experiences that connect to 21st century careers.
Increase opportunities for under- represented groups and promote equity in STEAM education and careers.