What is STEM Education?

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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.

Gwinnett’s Peachtree Ridge High School Earns STEM Certification

Superintendent Woods awards Peachtree Ridge STEM Certification Banner.

Superintendent Woods awards Peachtree Ridge STEM Certification Banner.

Principal Jeff Mathews has been here before.  He is the only principal in Georgia to have earned Georgia STEM Certification in two different schools.  Superintendent Richard Woods awarded Peachtree Ridge High School’s SPIRE program Georgia STEM Certification in a ceremony at the school on Dec. 7th.  The signature SPIRE program at Peachtree Ridge combines English Language Arts as the cornerstone of an impressive STEM package that allows students to pursue projects of their personal interest.  Engineering and physics are taught as co-curricular subjects and students move seamlessly through rigorous coursework that prepares them for a STEM career.  Click here for additional information about the SPIRE program.