USC Sumter Science Camp Celebrates 12th Anniversary

Sumter, SC (05/16/2022) — The University of South Carolina Sumter is celebrating the 12th anniversary of their Mad About Science Summer Camp. The camp will be held June 20 - 24, 9 am - 12 pm and will once again be led by Dr. Dan "The Science Man" Kiernan.

The camp is geared towards students ages 9-14 and will expose students to STEM topics including physics, biology, engineering, and chemistry in fun and interactive ways. They will conduct scientific experiments and explore firsthand the environment in which we live.

The facilitator, Dr. Dan Kiernan, has been a biology instructor for fourteen years at USC Sumter and has led the science camp for all twelve years that it has been offered. Kiernan came to the University of South Carolina Sumter in 2008 after working at Georgian Court University in New Jersey as a laboratory coordinator and adjunct professor. Prior to this, he spent four years in Michigan, where he taught at Lake Superior State University and obtained an M.S. in biology at Central Michigan University. In the late nineties, he taught high school biology in both the public and private sectors after obtaining a Bachelor of Science degree in Education and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology. In 2015, Kiernan earned his Ph.D. degree in Secondary (Science) Education from the Department of Instruction and Teacher Education at the University of South Carolina in Columbia.

When not teaching or conducting research, Dr. Kiernan is an academic advisor, oversees USC Sumter's Student Government Association and Christian Collegiate Ministry, works with students on independent research projects, is annually involved with South Carolina Junior Academy of Science, organizes science camps for local school children in the Sumter area and presents at various venues.

To register for the Mad About Science Camp, visit the event page on the USC Sumter Facebook page at For further questions, please contact Lara Painter at 803-938-3890 or

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USC Sumter will host their Mad About Science Camp for the 12th year.

Cooper Hummel, now a 7th grader at Alice Drive Middle School was among the campers at last summer's Mad About Science Camp.