August 28, 2012

Science and Math Students Take Tech Trek To Charleston

Charleston Digital Corridor Release

Charleston Digital Corridor hosts Governor?s School of Science and Math Students

Charleston, South Carolina – August 28, 2012 – On Friday, August 24, 2012 50 students from the Governor's School of Science and Math (GSSM) in Hartsville, SC travelled to Charleston to visit 6 knowledge-based companies in the Digital Corridor as part of StartUp Day. The local tech trek included tours and speaking engagements at Blackbaud, SPARC, PeopleMatter, Blue Acorn, BoomTown and Intrexon.

GSSM was founded in 1988 to serve gifted students from across the state that have an expressed interest in science and math. Since this time, the school has educated over 1,200 students and has been regularly ranked a "Top 20 Public Elite" high school in the United States by U.S. News. The purpose of StartUp Day is to provide students with a better understanding of the abundant opportunities available to them in South Carolina.

"High quality, technical talent is critical to accelerating the growth of Charleston's knowledge economy and realizing our goal in becoming Silicon Harbor. These students at the Governor's School represent that current and future resource," commented Ernest Andrade, Director of the Charleston Digital Corridor.

Students from GSSM were sent to four distinctly different locations across the Palmetto State–-Charleston, Greenville, Columbia and Lake City. This activity is part of the School's BlueCross BlueShield Economics and Finance Institute which was created to aid students in developing the knowledge required to be leaders in a global economy.


About the Charleston Digital Corridor
The Digital Corridor is a creative initiative to attract, nurture and promote Charleston's knowledge economy through a combination of technology-enabled initiatives and business incentives, private business support and member-driven programming. To learn more, visit

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