Inaugural Class of 2016 completes GSSM’s Virtual Engineering Program
The 16 students in the inaugural class of Accelerate, the South Carolina Governor’s School for Science & Mathematics’ (GSSM) virtual engineering program, received their certificates of completion on Saturday, May 21, 2016, at the Palmetto Club in Columbia.
The students represent five South Carolina high schools: River Bluff High School in Lexington, J.L. Mann High School in Greenville, D.W. Daniel High School in Central, Summerville High School in Summerville and Lexington High School in Lexington.
Ninety-four percent of the students will attend South Carolina colleges and universities in the fall.
The award and recognition ceremony was designed to celebrate their achievements and successful completion of this one-of-a-kind, three-year engineering program.
Originally launched with private support, Accelerate is currently funded through a combination of corporate partnerships and funds from the South Carolina General Assembly. The program stresses mastery of the foundational tools of engineering, such as physics, calculus and chemistry, but also places significant emphasis on real-world, team-based projects, creativity and communication.
“We are so proud of what our inaugural class has been able to do through Accelerate,” said Dr. Karen Den Braven, GSSM Director of Engineering Programs. “These students have worked incredibly hard over the past three years and we’re excited to see what is in store for them as they continue to pursue their engineering education.”