Principal Jeff Mathews, school system administrators, teachers, and students of the Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science, and Technology (GSMST) accepted the Georgia Department of Education’s first Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Award of the 2012-13 school year on Sept. 28th. The school, which focuses on a STEM education for every student, met the stringent requirements to become a STEM Certified School. In addition to high level math and science courses for all students, the school requires intensive business/industry internships of all juniors that result in a senior capstone project. The school partners with local STEM businesses and industries to create opportunities for student exposure to the world beyond high school and post-secondary education. It is these opportunities that provide the underpinning for student success in their graduates. Teachers at GSMST have created integrated courses where physics and engineering students study together in extended blocks of time to design engineering projects that solve physics dilemmas. Congratulations to the staff and students at GSMST on this important milestone. Click GSMST to learn more about the school.