Educators Descend on Charleston, SC, to Address STEM in Todays Educational Landscape

(PRWEB) September 30, 2013

The sold out Next Steps Institute, powered by national non-profit Earth Force, and in partnership with South Carolina’s Coalition for Mathematics & Science, kicks off today, Monday, September 30, 2013, in Charleston, SC. Roughly 400 educators from across the country will gather to take a hard look at STEM Schools and how best practices can be applied to other areas of education.

In todays educational landscape, creating STEM opportunities is essential, says Next Steps Institute Director Emily Vercoe. Its not just about doing science or math; its about applying science and math to real world problems, giving students a taste of how these subjects play a critical role in the fields of technology and engineering.

The Next Steps Institute is the premier professional development experience for educators that promotes hands-on, minds-on learning in STEM education. Organized by pathways that take participants on an engaging journey into critical STEM learning arenas, the Institute offers the depth and breadth of content needed to enhance effectiveness in action and advocacy.

During the three-day institute, attendees participate in a variety of sessions focused on the specific Pathway of their choice and immerse themselves in learning, sharing, and networking. Some of todays most influential STEM leaders will be on hand to guide each Pathway, including: DuPont, Google, Clemson Center for Workforce Development, Duke Energy Foundation, Flour, and many more.

The Institute was made possible in part to Boeing, Clemson University Center for Workforce Development, Duke Energy, DuPont, The InterTech Group, 3M, Carolina Biological Supply Company, Delta Education, Fluor, 2B Solutions, BMW, Lab-Aids, Encyclopedia Britannica, the STEM Academy.

For more information, contact Kristen Mueller at kmueller(at)earthforce(dot)org, visit or follow on Twitter at @NSI2013.


Earth Force is a national 501(c)(3) organization. Our mission is to engage young people as active citizens who improve the environment and their communities now and in the future. Through Earth Force and our network of diverse partners, young people get hands-on, real-world opportunities to practice civic skills, acquire a deep understanding of the environment, and develop the skills and motivation to become lifelong leaders in addressing community issues. For more information about Earth Force, please visit or follow us at @earthforce.

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