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North Springs ElementarySTEMS
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The Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math School at North Springs Elementary




Special Campus Features 

  • 1-to-1 computing in grades 3-5
  • Innovative Design Center
  • QuEST Program (gifted/talented)
  • Outdoor Classrooms
  • ITEC on Demand
  • 3D Printing
  • High-Tech news media (NSE-TV)
  • National award-winning Professional Development School for research in collaboration with the University of South Carolina

Program Structure  

  • 2 classrooms each, K-5 (22 students per class)

What are the characteristics of a STEMS student? 

  • A survey of scientists, parents, and teachers conducted by the FMC Corporation shows agreement that curiosity is the most valuable trait for kids' success in STEM classroom work.
  • “It is [the] combination of play, passion, and purpose that best develops the discipline and perseverance required to be a successful innovator.” (Tony Wagner, Harvard education professor)
  • Creativity now is as important in education as literacy, and we should treat it with the same status.” (Sir Ken Robinson, education expert)
  • Our program reinforces skills and dispositions set forth in the State Department of Education’s Profile of a SC Graduate.

Acceptance into STEMS 

Students enrolling in grades K-5 who have a strong interest in science, technology, engineering, math, and a willingness to develop and apply that interest are eligible to apply online via the district website. Selection will be made by random lottery. A carpool list is provided for interested parents entering the program.





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"STEMS prepares you for life." J. Smith, student   "STEMS is learning by doing, not listening. It's hands-on math and science. It's constructing with Legos and using your imagination." K. Gould, student   The "STEMS program provides our son with an educational edge toward a set of skills that is vital; not only to our son, but to the future leaders and the direction of our country." D. Milliken, parent   "These classrooms are characterized by a rich selection of materials, activites, and interactions among children and teachers." Dr. J. Varner, USC




National Engineers Week Open House for all K-12 students

Engineers and computer scientists innovate, create, and solve problems. They work together to make the world better. They are key to our health, safety and happiness. When children and teens get to experience engineering and ocmputer sicence, they realize how interesting and fun these professions can be.  That's why the National Engeers Week Foundation - and the College of Engineering and Computer (CEC) at the University of South Carolina - are dedicated to attracting and cultivating the next generation of engineers and computer scientists. 

National Engineers Week, which celebrates professionals in all fields of engineering and computing. With help from SCANA, the CEC is hosting and Open House geared twoard kindergarten through 12th grade students.

The Open House will be held on Saturday, February 18 from 10am - 2pm at the Swearingen Center at 315 Main Street on the USC Columbia campus. The free event will feature dozens of interactive exhibits that highlight the CEC's programs and research including the following:
 - Fuel cell demonstrations
 - Electric and hybrid vehiclese
 - A cornstarch pool
 - Robots
 - Computer Games
 - Segway Rides
 - Lab tours

Camp Invention Returns to North Springs!
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June 12-16, 2017
This year's theme: LAUNCH!
Children will:
  • Apply principles of engineering to create a castle from cardboard and design a pulley system to raise a castle flag.
  • Design inventions to transform the atmosphere, terrain, and ecosystem of a new exoplanet to create the next Earth.
  • Take apart machines and devices and use their parts and pieces to create the ultimate Spy Gadget Alarm Box to help millions of children keep their treasures secure.

The STEMS program has expanded!
 Our STEMS program has expanded to SIDI - The STEM Institute of Design and Innovation at Summit Parkway Middle School
Click on the icon for more information.