Network: South Carolina’s Coalition for Mathematics & Science

Purpose: The S²TEM SC Innovation Configuration (IC) Maps are designed to identify and describe the major components of STEM schools and provide guidance for implementation of STEM programs. The Maps provide focus, clarity, and direction to schools in setting, implementing, and monitoring goals that lead to successful outcomes for learners at all levels of the organization or system.

Usage: Based on current research, these maps provide a “mental image” of what the various components of high functioning STEM schools might look like in practice. The Maps provide sufficient context and content such that they can be used by individuals and schools to self-assess and guide planning without our assistance. The IC Maps have also been used by S²TEM SC education specialists leading efforts to improve STEM education at multiple South Carolina schools.

Impacts: The IC Maps yielded their greatest known impact in schools pursuing AdvancEd STEM certification. The IC Maps help schools identify evidence and serve as a continuous planning tool to drive their STEM planning process. S²TEM SC education specialists have guided STEM school certification efforts at several schools including:

  • Saluda Trail Middle School, Rock Hill Schools – York County District Three
  • Alice Drive Middle School, Sumter School District
  • Joseph Pye Elementary, Dorchester School District Two
  • MC Riley, Beaufort County School District.

As the Maps are readily available on our website and often used without our assistance, we are able to track downloads, but not specific impacts in other settings.

Prior research or grounding: The research base for each IC Map can be found in the Bibliography section of the document: http://www.s2temsc.org/stem-innovation-configuration-ic-maps.html

Contact: Dorothy Earle, (864) 350-8324, dearle@s2temsc.org