WHat could you do with science on the move?
What would you do in your community if you had the resources? Science on the Move has the potential to add new dimensions to education. Explore the resources and dream big!
Science On the Move is a statewide initiative from South Carolina’s Coalition for Mathematics and Science. The initiative works with schools, afterschool programs, and other youth-serving organizations to provide education resources that are designed to increase students’ interest in and exposure to STEAM. Science on the Move’s programs focus on training afterschool staff and volunteers to facilitate STEAM learning, providing quality educational STEAM activities to students in elementary through high school, and engaging students in improving their soft skills like teamwork and communication. Through collaborating with local, statewide, and national education efforts, Science on the Move helps maximize community efforts to help students become the prepared workforce that South Carolina needs to interest new businesses and encourage economic growth.
Why is it important?
- Support science standards and soft skills through hands-on activities
- Provide training for a prepared workforce
- Open doors for career exploration
Katie Burch is the Science on the Move Coordinator. Katie is an entrepreneurial STEAM communicator and educator who is passionate about inspiring students to love STEAM. Her inspiration is the “aha” moment- where a child makes a connection or gets excited about what they’re learning. Her educational background is in Science Communications (B.S. from Winthrop University) and Youth Development Leadership (M.S. from Clemson University). She is currently working on developing programs incorporating computer science and computational thinking through coding, invention literacy, and unplugged (non-computer-centric) activities.
In addition to Science on the Move programs, Katie also assists with statewide and community events like the iMAGINE STEAM Festivals and the SC 4-H Engineering Challenge. iMAGINE STEAM Festivals engage companies, schools and nonprofits in providing exciting, interactive STEAM learning exhibits designed to showcase preK-12 education and career pathways in Science, Technology, Arts, Engineering and Math (STEAM). Katie is the assistant director of the iMAGINE STEAM Festival in Rock Hill. The SC 4-H Engineering Challenge is an event that hosts multiple engineering-based competitions where students ages 9-19 can compete for individual and team awards. Katie was the event director from 2014-2018 and now manages the event’s STEAM Fair.
Science on the Move is an innovation partnership managed by South Carolina’s Coalition for Mathematics & Science. Its purpose is to serve South Carolina by growing the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) possibilities and capabilities of learners and leaders.