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Marine biologist installing a flow meter to study the currents underwater.

Program Focus Area

Scientific Literacy and Workforce Development

With more than half of the marine-related federal workforce eligible for retirement within the next five years, the continuing emergence of new marine technologies, and the increasing pressures on coastal and ocean resources due to population growth, the need for highly qualified professionals in ocean sciences is essential.

There is also an increasingly high demand for a workforce skilled in STEM (science-technology-engineering-math) disciplines to accommodate the industrial growth of the state. Additionally, a well-informed constituency is essential for balanced coastal and marine resource management and economic growth.

How the Consortium Supports Scientific Literacy and Workforce Development

The S.C. Sea Grant Consortium supports research and outreach to generate and deliver science-based information and programs in response to the needs of local communities and decision-makers in the following areas:

  • Professional development programs for formal and non-formal educators.
  • Community action stewardship projects.
  • Robust K-12 classroom lessons aligned with South Carolina Academic Standards and Performance Indicators for Science, and the national Ocean Literacy Essential Principles.
  • Research and training opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students.
  • Using science to inform decisions in everyday life.
  • Building public awareness, understanding, and scientific literacy about the complexities of living, working, and playing in coastal South Carolina.
  • Directing information to diverse audiences of different ages, cultural backgrounds, and socioeconomic standings.
  • Linking early education to workforce development, including participation in ocean science.
  • Public understanding of the value and vulnerability of coastal and marine resources.
Waves at sunrise.

Developing a Marine Science Program for Elementary Schools

Clemson University researchers will create a science outreach program for K-5 students in the Upstate, some of whom have never experienced an ocean up close. This musical puppet show will be paired with hands-on science exhibits to present the struggles of marine life in a changing ocean and options for helping protect that ecosystem.

The project will train Clemson undergraduate and graduate students to lead marine science outreach programs and instruct K-5 teachers on how to take the lessons of this unique science exhibit back to their classrooms.

2019-2020 Impacts and Accomplishments

The S.C. Sea Grant Consortium’s report of our successes in advancing scientific literacy and workforce development in coastal South Carolina.

Resources by Topic

The S.C. Sea Grant Consortium’s published information and project results in areas related to scientific literacy and workforce development.