Students visit top businesses in California and travel to Spain

HARTSVILLE, SC (WMBF) – Students at the South Carolina Governor's School for Science and Mathematics are learning how to put ideas into action and are being taught by the best and  brightest at top businesses.

Some students took a trip to Silicon Valley in California during a three week course where students veer off from their typical studies.

Some teens hit the Mediterranean coast and visited countries like Spain.

Others tried to master ballroom dancing or chess, while another group learned about business and technology from companies like Facebook, Intel, Google and Kleiner Perkins Caufield and Byers, just to name a few.

The public relations and marketing director for the school, Leigh Hewlett, said, "Some of them will learn how to create start-up companies of their own bring it back to South Carolina and hopefully stay here.  Even if they go somewhere else to college come back and start their own companies in south Carolina and really fuel the economy."

Leah Vansyckel is a students and commented, "Everyone we talked to said do what you love, do what you want to do.  The entire mentality of east coast and west coast just broadened my perceptions of the world."

Vansyckel said she is now thinking outside of the box when it comes to her future.

She said, "It always seemed like nine to five jobs, cubicles everywhere, but we went to these businesses with open spaces whiteboards everywhere for free thoughts and innovation."

One student who admits to having a negative impression about business has changed his viewpoint.

Alexander Neal explained, "Business works to make money but that's not always true.  These places really seem to care about pumping money into industries where the future is and I think that is definitely something that can be done in South Carolina."

One goal of the trip is exposing students to a new world to bring new ideas back to their hometowns in the Grand strand and Pee Dee.

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