As a follow up planning session to the inaugural meeting of The Collaborative in November 2011, representatives of several key community organizations met to set a short-term course for the group. Underscoring a strong commitment to building STEM literacy in our region, the participants built on the strong foundation established at last fall’s organizational meeting at The Citadel. The impetus for creating a more permanent entity was strengthened by several major developments in our region and in the STEM movement nationally over the last several months.
This document is intended to function as a working framework to chart the mission, vision and key strategies for The Collaborative, as well as measurable objectives to achieve real impact in STEM literacy over next 12 to 18 months and beyond. Based on a strong commitment to significantly impact the STEM pipeline for students and adults in our region, this working framework will remain a work in progress for the foreseeable future. It is meant to provide an accessible, concise way to encourage a broad cross-section of stakeholders to become involved with STEM education as students, educators, individual and corporate donors, volunteers and supporters.
Nurtured by the strong leadership of the Schools of Education, Engineering and Math and Science at The Citadel, as well as The STEM Center for Excellence at The Citadel, dedicated representatives of the P-20 educational community, along with the nonprofit, corporate, funder and governmental sectors, have joined together to focus on how best to communicate the goals, strategies and indicators for this large-scale partnership for our region.
The Lowcountry STEM Collaborative: Charting Impact