In 2016, SC Aerospace was instrumental in working with the SC Department of Education to bring the SREB Aerospace Engineering Curriculum to South Carolina. It is a multi-disciplinary project-based learning program created to build a foundation for a career or higher learning in aerospace. Students take four courses focused on the fundamentals of aerospace technology and advanced applications. Currently, there are seven schools across the state that have implemented the curriculum.
Boeing DreamLearner Program
The goal of DreamLearners is to enhance student and teacher awareness of Boeing South Carolina (BSC) through learning experiences and exposure to business and industry, and as a result inspire the next generation of BSC teammates. The program provides students an introduction to the 787 Dreamliner and Boeing’s production process, as well as an overview of aerodynamics and flight. At the same time, DreamLearners aligns with state academic standards for science and math. For more info contact Frank Hatten.
Celebrate Freedom Foundation is a non-profit educational and historical 501(c)(3) corporation dedicated to educating children, promoting lasting patriotism and honoring the military — past, present and future. The SOaR™ Mission is to build a workforce better prepared in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics and to develop skills essential to ensuring America’s technological advantage and its freedom.
Challenger Learning Center
The Challenger Learning Center is an educational program that provides interactive learning experiences in areas like aeronautics and space education. Richland County School District One runs the Challenge Center and students from across the district visit every year to apply their math and science knowledge through simulations, scenarios, and activities that help develop practical skills in teamwork, problem solving and communications. The Center’s central mission is “to create a scientifically literate population with the skills needed for success in the 21st century.”
The Center hosts students of all ages for “missions” to places like Mars and the Moon, as well as other hands-on explorations and space-themed shows. During the summer, the Challenger Center provides day camps for students on topics including Intro to Aviation and Rocket Fundamentals. The Center maintains partnerships and collaborations with groups like NASA, the SC Aeronautics Commission, and the University of South Carolina.
NASA Educators Online Network (NEON)
This professional learning community for science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) teachers provides a platform for collaborating with other instructors and NASA professionals. Members include current and future K-12 teachers plus other educators, scientists, engineers and professionals who support STEM teachers.
Federal Aviation Administration: Educator’s Corner
This site provides fun aerospace activities and experiments for students in grades K-12.
Project Lead the Way
Project Lead The Way (PLTW) is the nation’s leading provider of in-school Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathmatics (STEM) curriculum for middle and high school students. PLTW helps students develop the skills needed to succeed in our global economy.
South Carolina Coalition for Math and Science
SCCMS, South Carolina’s Coalition for Mathematics & Science brings together advocates from business/industry, education, government and community organizations to catalyze action.
SCCMS is an active proponent for economic and workforce development through STEM education by forming advocacy networks, fostering collaborative partnerships, securing funding and promoting public policy at the state and national level.
South Carolina State Museum
2,500 square foot observatory features a 1926 Alvan Clark 12 3/8-inch refracting telescope, outdoor viewing terrace, and adjoining classroom.
Students at participating schools will be able to access the telescope over the Internet to study phenomena from the rings of Saturn to the Orion Nebula. Students and the general public can visit the observatory during scheduled viewing sessions.
55-foot digital dome planetarium takes guests on journeys to the deepest reaches of space through exciting astronomy shows, entertaining programs focused on art, history or natural history and laser light shows set to music of the Beatles, Pink Floyd, U2 and more. It presents both educational and entertaining programs about earth and astronomy, as well as art, music and history. A permanent NASA gallery is located in the planetarium lobby with interactive capabilities and artifacts from South Carolina astronauts, including Charles Bolden, Charles Duke, Ron McNair and Frank Culbertson.