The STEM Center at The Citadel has partnered with the School of Engineering and the School of Science & Mathematics for a new 2014-2015 initiative called STEM FRESH. STEM FRESH is a group specifically designed for Freshman Students majoring in Biology, Chemistry, Civil Engineering, Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Mathematics, Mechanical Engineering, and Physics.
STEM F.R.E.S.H. stands for Freshmen, Retention, Enrichment, Scholastic Hub. The program is funded by a gift from South Carolina Electric & Gas (SCE&G) during the Spring 2014. The electricity and natural gas provider that serves customers in the central, southern and southwestern portions of South Carolina presented The STEM Center at The Citadel with the largest gift the center has received to date, $100,000. Funding will also be used for outreach and recruitment of STEM majors as well as provide resources for supplemental instruction and academic support programs.
During our STEM FRESH events freshmen have the opportunity to meet with Citadel faculty and staff in a relaxed atmosphere to discuss the importance of their chosen majors, ask questions about future careers, and address concerns for staying with their STEM major.
2015 Charleston STEM Festival planning underway!
Planning is underway for the 2015 Charleston STEM Festival taking place on Saturday, February 7th at Brittlebank Park. The festival website, charlestonstemfest.org has information on the planning committee and sponsors, descriptions of festival activities, photos from the February 2014 festival, and a STEM blog. The Citadel is a sponsor and co-founder of the Charleston STEM Festival, which is an initiative of the Lowcountry STEM Collaborative.
The all-day event will feature more than 40 hands-on exhibits on a wide range of STEM topics. Following the Saturday kick-off, various local businesses and educational organizations will showcase their STEM-related initiatives, services and educational activities through hosted open houses, symposiums, workshops and other events to help promote STEM education and encourage students in thinking about STEM careers.
If you have questions or comments or would like to participate on a committee for the 2015 Charleston STEM Festival, send an email to
Approximately 15 students are in the middle of their second semester towards a Master of Education in Interdisciplinary STEM Education, designed for current educators who seek to advance their skillset in the STEM disciplines. The goal of the program is to create 21st century STEM educators and leaders by facilitating a broader understanding of the interdisciplinary nature of STEM, a deeper knowledge of discipline-specific content, and new integrative approaches for the teaching and learning of STEM content.
For more information please see our Citadel website here or contact
Glenda La Rue, The STEM Center director since 2012 recently stepped down to accept a position with the non-profit organization WEPAN.org. She will be missed at The Citadel, but will still be involved with promoting women in engineering in the lowcountry.
The Citadel is accepting applications for the director's position and more information can be found on SC.gov
STEM Center Staff
Rhonda Ewing - Teacher in Residence and Director of p-20 Outreach Initiatives Chrysa Malogianni - Instructional Designer Courtney Rowley - Graduate Assistant Tamara Bolding - Administrative and Event Coordinator (photos by: Russell K. Pace and T.A. Bolding)
Storm The Citadel! Trebuchet Competition and DiscoverE Week activities coming February 2015!
DiscoverE Week Competitions will take place on Saturday, February 14 on the Summerall Parade Field and in Mark Clark Hall at The Citadel. Competitions for 2015 will include Robotics, Bridge and the new Gear Challenges along with our 2015 Storm The Citadel! Trebuchet Competition.
The STEM Center at The Citadel, in partnership with Google, invites teams of elementary, middle, high school and college students as well as teams from industry, military, and community groups to enter the competition to design and build a trebuchet. Trebuchets will be put to the test when teams storm The Citadel and compete for accuracy, distance, spirit, and design awards. Deadline for team registration and a spot in the Trebuchet Competition is December 15, 2014!
The Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at The Citadel invites teams of middle and high school students to enter one of two robotics competitions this year, Lego Golf Competition and The Mystery Competition. The Civil and Environmental Engineering Department at The Citadel invites teams of middle and high school students to enter the craft stick bridge competition. Our newest competition, the Lego Gear Challenge, is offered through The Citadel’s Mechanical Engineers Department.
The Citadel is proud to partner with the Society of Women Engineers and the Girl Scouts on the 2015 Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day initiative for Engineers Week. Scheduled for Sunday, February 22nd, Introduce a Girl to Engineering is a national movement that shows girls how creative and collaborative engineering is and how engineers are changing our world.
More information on Storm The Citadel! Trebuchet Competition and DiscoverE Week activities can be found here.
Remember, pre-registration is required for all events!
STEM Ambassadors Program
The STEM Ambassadors Program is the Center’s professional development program funded by the SC Commission on Higher Education’s Center of Excellence grant program. In its inaugural year, mathematics and science teachers from Beaufort, Jasper and Charleston counties enrolled in an online course focusing on leadership and critical issues in STEM education and developed mobile apps that tie into the project-based learning taking place in their classrooms.
Workshops were held in June at Caw Caw Interpretive Center, the Beaufort –Jasper Water & Sewer Authority, and at The Citadel so that participants could learn more about diverse STEM career options in the lowcountry and how to use Google Sites to create their own website. At the 4-day Summer Institute, held in July, the ambassadors were joined by fellow school and district educators and administrators in a workshop series co-facilitated by grant partner, S2TEM Centers SC. Participants’ understanding was elevated on how STEM-minded schools impact student learning.
If you are a current middle or high school educator in a STEM related field and would like more information about participating in the next program to begin in January 2015, please contact The Citadel’s STEM Center of Excellence for an application packet at
The STEM Center at The Citadel c/o The Zucker Family School of Education Capers Hall 309 171 Moultrie Street Charleston, SC 29409