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.
Georgia State School Superintendent Richard Woods awarded Memorial Middle School STEM Program Certification in a ceremony at the school on Nov. 2nd. Memorial Middle focuses on environmental studies where each student in the STEM program takes three years of scientific research. The program has resulted in students becoming finalists in the premier national research program, The Broadcom Masters. Teachers at Memorial collaborate to deliver an integrated project-based learning approach where students are presented with challenges they must solve. For more information about Memorial Middle click here.