AdvanceSC awards Clemson $40,000 grant for STEM literacy efforts

Teachers test out a STEM activity at the latest integrative STEM institute.
Teachers take part in a seminar at the institute.

CLEMSON — AdvanceSC has awarded a $40,000 grant to Clemson University for a program to improve science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) literacy among Upstate students.

The program is held in cooperation with Tri-County Technical College and the Anderson, Oconee and Pickens County school districts.

The grant will support an integrative STEM education institute and follow-up professional development workshops that will train Anderson, Oconee and Pickens county teachers to integrate STEM education activities into their classrooms.

The annual institute aims to increase teacher understanding and student interest in STEM courses and activities, said Clemson faculty member and administrator Bill Havice, who leads the program. The institute also addresses the gap between high school and post-secondary academic success and encourages more high school graduates to pursue technology and engineering careers.

The grant also will fund research on the impact of the integrative STEM institute and professional development workshops and will help Upstate South Carolina remain a part of the International Technology and Engineering Educators Association STEM Center for Teaching and Learning Consortium, which provides integrative STEM resources created by educators across the United States.

“We are grateful for AdvanceSC’s longstanding support of this project, which will prepare a skilled and qualified workforce for the Upstate’s manufacturing industry,” said Havice, who is joining the Eugene T. Moore School of Education’s educational and organizational leadership development faculty later this month. “The project will support a strong STEM foundation for the next generation that will help sustain the state’s capacity for technological innovation. All of this will be accomplished through an integrative educational strategy emphasizing innovation, creativity, critical thinking and problem-solving.”

“AdvanceSC is a major supporter of educational and workforce development programs here in South Carolina, and we are extremely involved in STEM initiatives because of their direct tie to driving manufacturing growth and advancing the industry,” said AdvanceSC President Terri Heard. “We are pleased to provide this grant to Clemson University, which shares our passion for progress, and we look forward to seeing the results of our joint efforts.”

The gift is part of Clemson University’s The Will to Lead capital campaign to raise $1 billion to support Clemson students and faculty with scholarships, professorships, facilities, technology and enhanced opportunities for learning and research.


Established by Duke Energy in 2004, AdvanceSC assists communities in Duke Energy’s South Carolina service area through grants for public assistance and economic development. The organization concentrates on advancing education to support industry, assisting other economic development organizations to attract and retain industries and enhancing the competitive position of manufacturers.

Duke Energy provides funding for AdvanceSC with 50 percent of its profits from certain wholesale or Bulk Power Marketing (BPM) sales of electricity in South Carolina. AdvanceSC is a Limited Liability Company managed by a board of directors independent of Duke Energy.

Teachers test out a STEM activity at the latest integrative STEM institute. test out a STEM activity at the latest integrative STEM institute. Photos courtesy of Clemson University

Teachers take part in a seminar at the institute. take part in a seminar at the institute. Photos courtesy of Clemson University

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