Francis Marion University, in partnership with six local school districts, was recently awarded a $100,000 grant by the South Carolina Commission on Higher Education.
The funds for this program are from the U.S. Department of Education. The program will partner FMU faculty with area middle-school teachers to improve their science knowledge.
The school districts participating in the partnership are Florence 1, Florence 2 (Hannah-Pamplico), Florence 3 (Lake City), Florence 5 (Johnsonville), Marion 1, and Marion 2 (Mullins).
The main event in the program will be a four-week Middle School Science Institute to be held at FMU from June 7 to July 1. The Institute will involve 18 area middle school science teachers working with three FMU science faculty and one science educator from the South Carolina Governor’s School for Science and Mathematics.
In addition, the program will include follow-up support during the academic year. During the middle two weeks of the Institute (June 14-24), 96 middle-school students will participate in a science camp and provide a chance for the teachers to enact curriculum in a realistic classroom setting.
The participating FMU faculty are Derek Jokisch, assistant professor of physics, Lisa Pike, assistant professor of biology, and Jeannette Myers, assistant professor of astronomy, along with Randy LaCross from the Governor’s School.
The grant proposal was written in collaboration with faculty at the University of South Carolina. A similar program will take place at USC this year with Columbia-area school districts.
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