Governor's School for Science and Mathematics and Berkeley County School District Partner for Third Year on Innovative Summer Ca

The S.C. Governor's School Foundation received a
$25,375 Google Community Grant

Tuesday, June 28, 2011, Columbia, S.C. -- Nearly 50 rising eighth and ninth graders from across Berkeley County will tackle new challenges and exhibit creative problem-solving skills in the third annual Innovation Technology & Entrepreneurship Among Middle Schoolers (iTEAMS) camp from June 27 to June 30.

Funded from the Google Inc. Charitable Giving Fund at Tides Foundation, the iTEAMS camp (which is free to its participants) is a partnership between the S.C. Governor's School for Science and Mathematics (GSSM) and the Berkeley County School District and designed to serve as a primer for students interested in pursuing studies and careers in computer science, engineering, programming and business.

"The iTEAMS camp is a wonderful opportunity for students who express an interest in science, technology and mathematics and the Governor's School creates a fun, exciting curriculum to continue to peak their interest, " said Eric Wages, Google's operations manager at the Berkeley County Data Center. "We continue to be proud to support this program and the team of Googlers at the data center look forward to this camp. We are committed to being a part of the Berkeley County community, through this program and others."

The iTEAMS camp aligns with Google's focus on technology literacy and innovation as well as new economy entrepreneurship. Students will use a number of technological resources, including video game creation software, global positioning systems, Android phones and computer programming applications, to simulate potential solutions to the different project challenges.

Employees from Google's nearby data center in Berkeley County will be on site the last day of camp to serve as judges when the students present the solutions to their project challenge and recognize them for their contribution to iTEAMS.

"The purpose of iTEAMS is to expose students to areas of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), and educate them about the career opportunities available in these fields," said Kim Bowman, CEO of the GSSM Foundation and executive vice president for strategic direction at GSSM. "We are very fortunate to have companies like Google, right here in South Carolina that support initiatives designed to engage young people in innovation and entrepreneurship."

Google, Inc.'s, community grant investment aligns with GSSM's goal of providing exemplary STEM to students across the Palmetto State.

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The South Carolina Governor's School for Science and Mathematics (GSSM) is a two-year, public, residential high school in Hartsville, S.C., specializing in the advanced study of science and mathematics. GSSM serves 128 high school juniors and seniors a year with a concentrated study of science and math, alongside rigorous courses in the humanities, to prepare graduates to excel as leaders in the state's 21st-century economy. In addition, GSSM reaches nearly 24,000 students and teachers across the state through multiple educational outreach programs. Newsweek and The Washington Post have ranked GSSM among the Top 20 "public elite" high schools in the country.

For more information about the SC Governor's School for Science and Mathematics, contact Lindsay Burke Szeszycki at 803.252.9152 or [email protected].

Governor's School for Science and Mathematics Foundation
401 Railroad Avenue
Hartsville, South Carolina 29550
803.252.9152 Phone
[email protected]

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