PICKENS, SC (WSPA) – A unique after school program in Pickens is wrapping up their first set of workshops.
It’s a partnership between the Holly Springs Center and Clemson University to teach students about S.T.E.A.M. Clemson engineering students build the concepts and education students bring it down to a 4th and 5th grade level to teach it after school to Pickens County students.
A program that the organizers say is needed not just in our communities, but across the state.
“We need more opportunities because we are serving a very diverse set of students so it doesn’t make sense to try to shove a square peg in a round hole so S.T.E.A.M. gives just one more opportunity for a different set of students,” said Abby Baker, a Clemson Graduate student who is spearheading the program.
With help from the Pickens County School District the kids are bused from the one elementary school to the after school program on two Tuesdays each month.
Going forward, Baker hopes to grow the program to include all of Pickens County schools and with the help of Clemson spread the after school concept across the state.