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Welcome to the University of South Carolina & Fast Forward ScienceQuest Program

ScienceQuest is an after school informal science and technology program geared towards elementary and middle school students (ages 7-14).  Two person team leaders work with 3-5 students to explore a science topic that they have identified at the beginning of the program.  Teams meet once a week for 1.5 hours over a course of 10-12 weeks.  Each team uses small-scale experiments, demonstrations, and science technology to investigate their topic, culminating in the development of an on-line website depending on the group's age.  We have participated in Summer Camps and the TRIO Program's Upward Bound.

ScienceQuest is currently located at St. Lawrence Place, a transitional housing facility. ScienceQuest Coaches are volunteers from throughout the community and range from T.V. Weathermen to Research Scientists.  A number of our coaches are graduate students and researchers involved in cutting edge scientific research programs at the University of South Carolina (USC).  For more information on becoming a participant or volunteer in ScienceQuest, please contact Dr. Claudia Benitez-Nelson at USC. 

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  Last Updated July 2012