GSSM’s Spark! and ENGAGE after school programs now accepting applications

January 11, 2022

The South Carolina Governor’s School for Science & Mathematics (GSSM) is now accepting applications for its free after-school programs Spark! and ENGAGE. Students may apply online at

ENGAGE is a six-week after-school engagement offered in person this fall to 6th, 7th, and 8th-grade students. It is designed to impact students through early interest and awareness of STEM studies. ENGAGE will take place from 4:15 PM to 5:30 PM every Monday starting February 7 and ending March 28. In total, there will be eight sessions of captivating STEM fun! Spaces are limited to ten students per class. To learn more about ENGAGE, please visit

SPARK! is designed to inspire an early interest in and awareness of STEAM studies. In a series of after-school workshops, 6th, 7th, and 8th graders follow their interests to learn the science or math concepts behind daily questions or curiosities. Enjoy activities in chemistry, biology, mathematics, physics, and more designed for middle school students and taught by GSSM students. Students can select any or all workshops to attend. There will be a combination of both virtual and in-person sessions. Sessions will occur from 4:15 PM – 5:30 PM, February – March. Spaces are limited to 20 students per virtual session and 15 students per in-person session. To learn more about SPARK! and the workshops available, please visit

For more information about GSSM’s Outreach programs, please visit


About GSSM

One of the few specialized public residential high schools of its kind, the South Carolina Governor’s School for Science + Mathematics (GSSM) exists to push motivated young learners beyond their perceived levels of academic ability. Founded in 1988 under the leadership of the late Governor Carroll Campbell, GSSM has consistently raised the bar for STEM education in the Palmetto State. GSSM’s two-year residential high school program—as well as its virtual high school program, summer camps, and outreach programs—all invite young people to explore the subjects they love in a diverse, inclusive, and uncommonly supportive academic environment. Here, challenge is viewed as a gateway to opportunity. GSSM students embrace the school’s rigorous approach to education and in so doing begin to realize their full potential. Learn more by visiting