The Georgia Department of Education is dedicated to preparing students for 21st Century workplace careers by providing high quality educational opportunities in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields. In Georgia, STEM education is defined as an integrated curriculum (as opposed to science, technology, engineering, and mathematics taught in isolation) that is driven by problem solving, discovery, exploratory project/problem-based learning, and student-centered development of ideas and solutions. The saturation of technology in most fields means that all students – not just those who plan to pursue a STEM profession – will require a solid foundation in STEM to be productive members of the workforce.
Rocky Branch Elementary in Oconee County was awarded STEM Certification by Georgia’s School Superintendent in February. Superintendent Richard Woods presented the school with the official certification and STEM Certified banner. Rocky Branch has a strong garden program where students apply the math and science they are learning in addition to a chicken coop where students raise chickens and use the eggs in an after school cooking class. The school is exemplified by strong STEM parent involvement where they offer their expertise to students in such varied areas as soil science, programming, virology, and chemistry. Click here to learn more about Rocky Branch Elementary.