Great things happen in the Upstate when industry and education come together to impact workforce development.
― Dr. Keith Miller ―
In 2012, Upstate industry leaders identified K-12 education as a challenge to career readiness and a taskforce was formed to address this challenge. That same taskforce launched the Upstate SC STEM Collaborative in November of 2013.
The iMAGINE Upstate STEAM Festival benefits the community by strengthening education,workforce development, and the economic vitality of Upstate SC. Students from PreK – 12 engage in STEAM activities that directly relate to real-world careers and gain exposure to high-demand, 21 st century careers. The festival provides a connection between industry needs and education by offering schools, businesses, and non-profits a venue to showcase opportunities in STEAM to the next generation workforce and their parents.
Over the past three years, iMAGINE Upstate has become one of the most engaging, innovative and highly anticipated events in South Carolina. In 2015, the inaugural festival brought an estimated 14,000 community members to downtown Greenville to participate in 62 STEAM experiences. The festival has grown each year drawing an estimated 12,000-15,000 to the main event and over 20,000 participating over the course of our 10-day celebration. We are excited about exposing a growing number of students and families to 21 st century careers and helping to prepare the next generation of Upstate leaders.