Carrollton Elementary School has earned the Georgia Department of Education’s Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) School Certification on Friday, March 8th. The designation and banner were presented by Dr. Michael Buck to Principal Anna Clifton and her staff before an assembly of third graders. Dr. Mike Buck, Chief Academic Officer for the DOE, rallied the students to an excited state before unfurling a banner touting Carrollton Elementary as a STEM school. A video feed to the rest of the classrooms allowed the other students to enjoy the celebration as well.
Carrollton Elementary is the first K-3 school in the state to earn the certification and by doing so, takes its place among only six other schools in Georgia to have officially been named STEM Schools. The school engages its young students with engineering design challenges that require students to integrate science and math content into a design project that requires the engineering process. Students as young as kindergarten are being introduced to challenges that begin to prepare them for the critical thinking processes needed in the STEM fields. Under the direction of Superintendent Kent Edwards and Principal Anna Clifton the school has transformed itself into a student body of problem solvers and mini-engineers.
Carrollton Elementary School’s efforts to integrate STEM were strategic and took a lot of planning, said Clifton. “We began this initiative in 2010,” she said. “Our teaching staff participated in a great deal of professional learning opportunities to clearly understand the components of STEM and how to support our students’ critical thinking skills. We also visited other upper elementary sites to see how they were infusing their program across the curriculum.” To read more about Carrollton Elementary, click here