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.
Cooper is the first middle school STEM certified in Cobb County. They have strong and meaningful business partners that provide real-world problems for students to solve. The administration provides teacher collaboration time and math and science are blocked together for more effective integration. There is flexible time built into the schedule for project-based learning to occur. Females are encouraged to take leadership roles in the STEM program and do so with confidence. The Cobb County district office has demonstrated strong support for the STEM efforts at Cooper Middle School. Read more about Cooper Middle School’s STEM Program.