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Boeing grant to help USC expand STEM program in middle schools


Staff Report
Published Nov. 29, 2012

The Boeing Co. has given the University of South Carolina’s College of Engineering a $100,000 grant to expand a program focused on getting students interested in science, technology, engineering and math.

The grant will allow the College of Engineering and Computing to implement the Project Lead the Way program in four Charleston-area middle schools, including College Park Middle School, West Ashley Middle School, Alston Middle School and St. George Middle School.

Project Lead the Way is an education program used in middle and high schools across the country. USC’s works with 98 high schools and 79 middle schools statewide under the program. High school students can earn college credit for taking engineering courses, and Project Lead the Way also trains teachers to effective ways to teach engineering and technology.

Courses focus on design and modeling, automation and robotics, and flight and space. The Boeing grant will pay for lab supplies, computers and equipment, the university said in a statement.

“This gift shows Boeing’s strong commitment to our state and communities,” said Tony Ambler, dean of the College of Engineering and Computing. “Their support will enhance education for students, and hopefully, spark a love of math, science, engineering and technology in our next generation.”

Boeing South Carolina Vice President and General Manager Jack Jones said Boeing was proud to support USC’s efforts to give greater access to STEM learning across South Carolina.

“Science, technology, engineering and mathematics education is a high priority for The Boeing Co.,” Jones said in a statement. “In a global economy, our children deserve access to high quality education and opportunities to develop skills that will enable them to realize their dreams.”

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