Horry school part of launch for statewide virtual engineering program

vgrooms@thesunnews.comJuly 11, 2013 

— Horry County Schools is one of eight districts in the state partnering with the S.C. Governor's School for Science and Mathematics on Accelerate, a new statewide virtual engineering program, which launches next week with an official boot camp on the school's Hartsville campus, according to a release from the Governor’s School.

Fifty-five students from each district comprise the inaugural class. Boot camp, held July 14-19, will feature team-building exercises, daily engineering challenges, introductions to core engineering concepts, guest speakers and a field trip to Boeing.

The Academy for the Arts, Science and Technology is participating for HCS. The other schools and districts are Bluffton High School, Beaufort County; Summerville High School, Dorchester Two; J.L. Mann High School, Greenville County; Lexington Technology Center, Lexington One; the Technology Center, Orangeburg Five; D.W. Daniel High School, Pickens County; and W.J. Keenan High School, Richland One.

Accelerate was developed by the Governor’s School and is designed to help high-achieving students complete the first year of college engineering during the last three years of high school. Students will remain in their home high schools throughout the academic experience while participating in virtual classes taught by Governor’s School faculty. The first two years of the program will include virtual courses, regional Saturday experiences and summer camps on partnering college campuses. Industry internships will be added in the third year.

The program will expand annually to include additional schools and students. To find out more about Accelerate, visit www.scgssm.org.

Contact VICKI GROOMS at 443-2401 or follow her at Twitter.com/TSN_VickiGrooms.

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