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South Carolina Academy of Science Legislative Funds Report 2004.

The Academy's deep commitment to stimulate the creative abilities of the youth of our state and to provide learning opportunities that allow for the development of their talents is recognized by the South Carolina State Legislature. In 1999, SCAS received funds to establish a central office to: 1) strengthen the eight regional science and engineering fairs; 2) to further develop existing regions of the Middle and Elementary School Academy of Science (MESAS, founded 1991) for 4-8th graders, and to establish regions in the Hilton Head, Spartanburg/Rock Hill and Aiken areas; 3) to introduce a K-3 pilot plan for the establishment of the Kindergarten/ Elementary School Academy of Science (KESAS); 4) to strengthen the Junior Academy of Science (SCJAS for grades 9-12) by including more rural schools and more scholarship opportunities; 5) to manage Discovery Fair (public awareness of science, math and engineering), an eleven day event of hands-on activities at the South Carolina State Fair which generally includes 25-30 middle and high schools sending students to help manage the booth; and 6) to complete the pilot CMS program with a final goal to certify one teacher in all of the 1,645 schools in the state (private and public) as Certified Metric Specialists.

For 2000, the amount was expanded to allow the hiring of one full-time office administrator who acts as Executive Assistant to Council.

USC, through the efforts of several Deans has provided offices, computers and office equipment as well as computer technical support for the office of the South Carolina Academy of Science. Without the support of USC it would not be possible for the Academy to expand its outreach efforts to the students of South Carolina. Senator Nikki Setzler (Lexington) and the late Senator Don Holland (Kershaw) played a vital role in the approval process of establishing funds for the South Carolina Academy of Science. The Academy expresses its gratitude to those in the legislature who gave their support to the Academy and sincere thanks to the membership and friends of SCAS who provided expert advice and leadership during the three year quest to obtain funds for SCAS.
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Author:Jordan, Don
Publication:Bulletin of the South Carolina Academy of Science
Geographic Code:1U5SC
Date:Jan 1, 2005
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