College of Engineering, Computing and Applied Sciences

Award for South Carolina STEM Educators


South Carolina’s Coalition for Mathematics and Science (SCCMS), a leader in action and advocacy for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education is proud to launch the 6th annual STEM Educator of the Year Award.

This recognition and award program elevates the STEM teaching profession across the state.

“South Carolina’s economy runs on STEM,” said Tom Peters, who is executive director of SCCMS. “From aerospace to automotive, from biotechnology to broadband, from cybersecurity to solar, STEM careers begin with STEM teaching in elementary and secondary schools. By recognizing and supporting excellent teachers we can continue their professional growth and keep them in the classroom.”

SCCMS and its partners – SC Competes, The STEM Center at the Citadel, Comporium, Bojangles, and the SC Department of Commerce – will begin seeking nominations for eligible STEM educators beginning on Oct. 31. Eligible educators are presently in a full-time, K-12 classroom teacher position and demonstrate skill in implementing effective STEM teaching strategies. A full description of eligibility criteria can be found at

Announcing the STEM Educator of the Year Award is a highlight of South Carolina’s annual STEM Education Month, which will be celebrated March 14 – April 14, 2024. This celebration invites all South Carolinians to advocate for STEM workplace preparedness and discover the state’s opportunities and accomplishments in STEM.

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SCCMS, based in the College of Engineering, Computing and Applied Sciences at Clemson University, manages a family of organizations, including S²TEM Centers SC, iMAGINE STEAM Festivals, Million Women Mentors SC, Dreams Imagination and Gift (DIG) Development Program, and Ernest Everett Just Foundation, Inc. These organizations are collaborating to address challenges and creating opportunities in STEM education.