NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - The Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce awarded SPAWAR Systems Center Atlantic the Business Education Partnership Award during its recent 15th annual Business Education Summit. The award recognizes SPAWAR Systems Center Atlantic's commitment to science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education through various programs with area schools and universities.
Accepting the award for SSC Atlantic was Gary Scott, director of total workforce, who also served as a member of a panel of experts discussing business partnerships in STEM education during the summit.
The center's middle and high school outreach program is designed to inspire students at an early age by introducing them to hands-on tools such as robotics, Seaperch, Material World Modules and Tabula Digita, and helping them understand what engineers do and why math and science are important. Employees participate in projects such as Project Lead The Way, shadow days, science fairs, and math and science nights. These relationships also introduce students to the various employment opportunities available at SPAWAR Systems Center Atlantic and ensure that there is a pool of STEM talent available in the future.