Posted: Thursday, January 29, 2015

Roper Mountain Science Center (RMSC) is pleased to announce their selection as a SciGirls CONNECT Partner. The partnership enables RMSC to host and participate in a SciGirls educator training workshop and utilize SciGirl curriculum for future programs and community outreach, supporting the mission of STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) education in the Upstate and beyond. In awarding the partnership, Niki Becker, SciGirls Outreach Coordinator, said, “RMSC’s proposal was selected for funding from a pool of excellent applicants. The SciGirls CONNECT committee felt RMSC’s proposed program stood out as innovative, engaging and inspiring.”

RMSC will lead SciGirls efforts with two collaborating organizations: The Children’s Museum of the Upstate and Clemson Extension 4-H. According to Val Mosher, STEM Specialist with RMSC and coordinator of this initiative, “The Science Center is excited to collaborate with these innovative and dedicated organizations. We look forward to providing meaningful STEM experiences for our girls.”

SciGirls, a research based initiative from Twin Cities Public Television, produces their engaging SciGirls television series and integrates their companion website into the programming, all with the goal to change how millions of girls think about science, technology, engineering and math. The outreach program brings the impact to girls in our community with opportunities ranging from public events and summer camps, to afterschool program activities, and more.  Overall, SciGirls works to encourage girls ages 8-12 to put science and engineering to work in their everyday lives and to explore the world around them.  

The initial training workshop for SciGirls project leaders and educators took place at RMSC on January 24 to launch this partnership. Looking forward to launching the program, the SciGirls committee observed, “It is evident that you have an enthusiastic and dedicated team that will make your program a success. We believe your SciGirls CONNECT initiative will make a difference for many girls in your community and that your educators will be enthusiastic trainers and advocates in the years to come.”

About Roper Mountain Science Center

Roper Mountain Science Center ignites the natural curiosity of all learners to explore and shape their world.  The most impactful entity in the Upstate focused on science and science education, RMSC provides curriculum-based, hands-on learning for elementary and middle school students; offers inspiring “edutainment” for the public with Starry Nights, Second Saturdays and other special events; and produces state-of-the-art training for teachers.  Each year, more than 50,000 students, 6,000 teachers, and 100,000 families and adults visit Roper Mountain Science Center.  Visit Roper Mountain Science Center website for more information!
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