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The primary goal of Palmetto Partners is to focus on inspirational education that gives students the opportunity to obtain skills and knowledge to prepare for an advanced-technology based careers in South Carolina.  The improved workforce in this area will improve the economic outlook for South Carolina.



Palmetto Partners for Science and technology is exclusively charitable and educationally scientific.  A non-profit organization that is a 501(c)(3) that was formed in 2004 and operates exclusively to encourage and promote the educational and career pursuit of science and technology.

In 2003 a group of CEO’s in SC, led by Harry Lightsey, President of BellSouth, the University Of SC School Of Engineering and the SC Department of Education were granted the opportunity by the First Foundation to host a regional robotic competition in the spring of 2004.   Thus, began the Palmetto Regional First Robotic Competition in SC. The purpose of the regional is to give students the opportunity to develop teams to build robots that compete in games designed by the First Foundation and put into practice skills and knowledge learned.

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Your generous donation to Palmetto will help ensure thousands of students have access to the unique learning experiences we offer through our programs. By making your unrestricted gift to the Annual Fund, you will allow Palmetto the flexibility to allocate funds where they are most needed, including to regional events, teams, and operational expenses.


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