STEM

Local students recognized as state’s top ‘young innovators’

Two Lexington-Richland School District Five graduates have been awarded the South Carolina Young Innovator Award. From left: Alexa Eyring and Kayla Shine. (Photo provided) Kayla Shine from Dutch Fork High School, now a freshman at Clemson University, and Alexa Eyring from Chapin High School, received the honor at the 18th Annual InnoVision Awards Dinner on November 3 in Greenville. Both…

From STEM to space: Richland One Challenger Learning Center celebrates 20 years

Three ninth-grade students from W.J. Keenan High School have completed an experiment that has been chosen to be performed on the International Space Station later this year. The students test how cornstarch and water react in a weightless environment that’s similar to space. It’s an experiment that studies microgravity and tests how starch particles, which are found in plants, move…

Richland One officials consider language immersion program next school year

Richland School District One might expand its foreign language learning options in the near future. The school system is considering a language immersion program that would allow students to become fluent in two languages at the same time. “We believe in having a diverse portfolio of options for students and parents. We are proud of our Montessori program, as well…

Students explore STEM career paths with StarBase Swamp Fox

A group of fifth-grade students spent their last week before Christmas break at McEntire Joint National Guard Base getting a crash course in how science, technology, engineering and mathematics concepts are applied in everyday situations. The air base is home to StarBase Swamp Fox, a federally funded program under the U.S. Department of Defense designed to get elementary school children…

Verizon donation makes STEM summer camp for girls free of charge

Local girls will get to explore the worlds of biomedical engineering, aerospace technology and clean energy for free this summer thanks to a donation from Verizon. Girls can enjoy a field trip to local STEM-related companies. (photo by Rachel Ham) Lexington-Richland School District Five is continuing its summer girls-only STEM camp at the Center for Advanced Technical Studies, where Bob…