The Georgia Department of Education has awarded Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) certification to Tucker Middle School in DeKalb County. Tucker is the first middle school in the state to be awarded the designation. State School Superintendent Dr. John Barge awarded the certification in a ceremony at the school on Friday, December 5.
“Tucker Middle School utilizes creative instruction and strong partnerships to encourage students’ passions for science, technology, engineering and math,” Dr. Barge said. “Programs like this are exactly what Georgia’s students need, and we’re proud to recognize it them with STEM certification.” To earn STEM certification, the school had to submit an application showing that it meets rigorous criteria, such as evidence of teacher collaboration, business and industry partnerships, high levels of math and science instruction and an integrated, project-based STEM curriculum. A team from the Georgia Department of Education visited the school to observe the program. The STEM program at Tucker Middle operates in conjunction with strong business partners, such as Marten Transport, Georgia Transmission, the DeKalb Board of Health, 2 Story Gardens, the Stone Mountain Memorial Association, The DeKalb Department of Watershed Management, and the Atlanta Zoo. These business partners allow students to work on authentic projects to solve problems the businesses encounter. Students are redesigning zoo habitats, engineering power transmission lines across lakes, and considering environmental solutions to large truck parking. For additional information go to Tucker Middle School.