The Center for Advanced Studies in Science, Math and Technology at Wheeler High School in the Cobb County School System received STEM Certification on October 16th as a result of excellence in the long-standing program at the school. The STEM program at Wheeler requires all seniors to complete an internship with a business/industry where they develop a research project that is presented at the end of the year. Students investigate and complete serious research in medicine, biotechnology, forensics, engineering, computer science, and other STEM fields. The faculty at the school prepare students for the rigors of the internship through the scientific research and scientific internship classes. The school is supported by a strong foundation composed of parents and interested community individuals who provide volunteers and financial backing for STEM projects and equipment.
The first high school to be certified in 2013, Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science, and Technology (GSMST) focuses on a STEM education for every student. 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. They also have a state of the art music and recording studio and broadcast video engineering space that enhances the experiences of students. Students often use HDVC equipment to debate and conduct literary discussions with other schools as far away as Mexico.
The Georgia Department of Education’s first State Certified STEM School. The science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) magnet school at Marietta Center for Advanced Academics provides third through fifth grade students an integrated, rigorous academic program. Through daily STEM Exploratory courses, students are exposed to the numerous areas of engineering as they learn the design process. Using the design process, students solve real-world engineering problems through project based units of instruction.
The first Georgia high school STEM Certification was awarded to the Rockdale Magnet School for Science and Technology by the Georgia Department of Education on May 15th. Highlights of Rockdale’s application include four years of scientific research every student must complete. Students enter their projects in any number of STEM competitions, challenges, and science and engineering fairs during their four years at the school. Additionally, most students participate in an intense internship with business partners that allows them to explore career options.
The Georgia Department of Education has awarded Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) certification to the Academy of Mathematics, Science, and Technology at Kennesaw Mountain High School.
The Academy of Mathematics, Science, and Technology offers students a unique STEM curriculum that begins with ninth-grade intensive research projects and presentations and ends with senior year internships. The hallmark of the Academy is the innovative and engaging instructional pedagogies employed by teachers in the school. The use of portfolios, the flipped classroom, project/problem-based learning, classroom debates and advanced scientific research are ubiquitous throughout the program. Relationships with over 100 STEM business and industry partners offers every senior at Kennesaw Mountain the opportunity to conduct research and engage in real-world projects to prepare them for their STEM careers.
“This program is a shining example of what a high school can to do help prepare students for the 21st century workforce,” said State School Superintendent Dr. John Barge. “Kennesaw Mountain High School and other STEM-certified programs across the state will help fill the void of STEM professionals in Georgia’s labor market by tapping into students’ passions for science, technology, math and engineering,”
DOE Chief Academic Officer Dr. Mike Buck presented school officials with a STEM certification banner during a ceremony at the school Wednesday. 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. To find out more about The Academy of Mathematics, Science, and Technology at Kennesaw Mountain High School follow this link: KMHS
Henderson Mill Elementary was presented with their official STEM certification in a celebration at the school on October 31st. Dr. Michael Buck, Chief Academic Officer for the Georgia Department of Education, led the dedication to the students, faculty, community members, and business partners, all of whom worked hard to help HMES receive this distinguished title.
“We have learned that the beauty of a STEM-focused education is that it allows for more student collaboration, communication, critical thinking, and problem solving. For me, it is a dream realized. My philosophy of education has always been Learn by Doing, and this indeed is what Henderson Mill Elementary students are doing every single day!” Principal Dr. Rebecca Jackson
The STEM program at Henderson Mill Elementary focuses on a cross-curricular, critical thinking approach to incorporate STEM into all content areas. They offer the students opportunities to participate in unique programs such as Engineering is Elementary, Small Fry to Go, a school-wide garden, and LEGO Build to Express, along with incorporating STEM concepts with the common core standards. In addition, the school has many influential business partners to help support the STEM program. Awards were given by Northrup Grumman and the Atlanta Hawks Foundation to help build the school garden and support the Small Fry to Go program. AMEC Engineering of Tucker designed and built a one of a kind rain collection system for the school gardens. These partners also volunteer their time at Math and Science Nights, and offer staff professional development. The school has a STEM Lab that includes renovations donated by Haworth Office Furniture, Office Images, and Synergy. They also have an outdoor classroom built by parents. The parents help support the school through PTA and a Foundation whose mission is to fund STEM related activities. Read more about Henderson Mill Elementary School
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.
DeKalb County School’s Hightower Elementary School was awarded STEM Certification today in a ceremony at the school. State School Superintendent Dr. John D. Barge presented the official banner and certification to the school’s principal, Mr. Oliver Lewis in an assembly of the entire staff and student body. Hightower is the second elementary school in DeKalb County to receive the rigorous certification status from the Georgia Department of Education. The school’s unique STEM program where every student from kindergarten to the fifth grade has two and a half hours of integrated math, science, and engineering every day set the standard for what STEM should look like in schools. Students are actively engaged daily with the engineering design process where high level math and science instruction is applied in a student-centered environment. Once a month the school offers an Engineer for a Day program where the students work on engineering design challenges for the entire day. Additionally, the school employs daily two and a half hour integrated blocks of social studies and English language arts where all language arts is taught from the social studies context.
The Georgia Department of Education proudly announces the Lanier High School Center for Design and Technology (CDAT) has been awarded STEM Program Certification. David Turner, CTAE Director for the Department awarded their certification in a ceremony at the school. Lanier is the 9th school in the state to be awarded the designation. The unique CDAT Program boasts three hour blocks of integrated instruction with computer applications, chemistry, biology, and English language arts in the mornings and a three hour afternoon block of computer applications, AP physics, honors physics, English language arts, history, economics, with mathematics integrated into classroom projects. Students use computer projects and competitions as anchors for all instruction which is centered on the science standards. Teachers move students within the three-hour block depending upon their academic needs and their project design. The inclusive program accepts any student who in interested. Standardized test results indicate that students in the CDAT program meet or exceed the results of students in the school who are not in the program. For additional information on this stellar program go to http://cdat.lanierhs.org/
The Georgia Department of Education has awarded Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) certification to Dunwoody Elementary School in DeKalb County. Dunwoody is the fifth elementary 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, November 7. “Strong STEM programs like Dunwoody Elementary’s are exactly what Georgia’s students need, and what Georgia’s economy needs,” Dr. Barge said. “Encouraging students’ passions for science, technology, engineering and math prepares them for the workforce of the future.” 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. Dunwoody Elementary has a strong focus on the engineering design process as math and science are integrated into the curriculum on a regular basis. Students design engineering projects that allow them to apply the skills they are learning in science and math classes, and have an extended work time each Friday, during which they are allowed to redesign and test prototypes again and again. Read more about Dunwoody Elementary.
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.
Brookwood Elementary School in Dalton City Schools is the 12th school to be STEM Certified in Georgia. The school’s focus on environmental sustainability serves students well as they partner with Dalton State College to trap and release turtles in a local pond. Release occurs after the turtles have been weighed, marked, and sexed and that data recorded during an on-going research study conducted by 4th graders. 1st graders work collaboratively with the Tennessee Aquarium and the University of Georgia on a Monarch butterfly research study to track migration and count parasites on butterfly scales under the microscope. The entire school participates in the maintenance of a year-round garden where local agricultural engineers monitor and support the research projects conducted by all students. Shaw Industries, United Way, Keep Dalton Beautiful, and others also partner with each grade level to help create regularly occurring STEM integrated stations where students rotate from one teacher to another with environmental sustainability being the cornerstone for lessons. Click here to learn more about Brookwood Elementary.
The Georgia Department of Education has awarded Forsyth Central High School STEM Program Certification. Georgia’s State School Superintendent Richard Woods awarded the school their certification banner during a ceremony that included parents and business partners. The STEM Program at Forsyth Central offers students career pathway options of engineering or biotechnology. Both pathways require that students take high level mathematics and science coursework during their tenure at the school. Students participate in a variety of STEM competitions including Vex Robotics, eCybermission, Science & Engineering Fair, IGem BiotechnologyCompetition, Science Olympiad, and a host of math and science academic challenges. Students work closely with area engineers and medical services for real-world experiences that prepare them for STEM careers after high school.
Rocky Branch Elementary in Oconee County was awarded STEM Certification by Georgia’s School Superintendent in February. Superintendent Richard Woods presented the school with the official certification and STEM Certified banner. Rocky Branch has a strong garden program where students apply the math and science they are learning in addition to a chicken coop where students raise chickens and use the eggs in an after school cooking class. The school is exemplified by strong STEM parent involvement where they offer their expertise to students in such varied areas as soil science, programming, virology, and chemistry.
Ford Elementary School in Cobb County was awarded their official STEM Certified School banner during the annual Evening in the Garden celebration. Dr. Mark Crenshaw, engineering and technology program specialist for the Georgia Department of Education was on hand to award the school this well-deserved honor. The K-5 school focuses heavily on their gardening curriculum to deliver STEM instruction to all students. Vermiculture, a Victory Garden, a math garden, butterfly gardens, and many other types of gardens play a role in the rigorous academic development of each child at Ford. Read more about the Ford STEM program.
Savannah Chatham County Public Schools STEM Academy was awarded STEM Certification by State School Superintendent Richard Woods on October 22nd. The ceremony took place in the middle school as the Academy was recognized as the first entire school STEM Certified middle school in the state. The school integrates all subject areas using the Grand Challenges of Engineering as themes for cross-disciplinary projects. Strong business/post-secondary partners such as Georgia Power and Southern University help teachers plan and implement the curriculum. The school also offers courses not typical for a middle school such as Latin, maker space, geographical information systems, film, and more.
Rex Mill Middle School
The Georgia Department of Education has awarded Rex Mill Middle School STEM Certification. Rex Mill is only the second middle school in the state to receive certification for their STEM Program. Career, Technical, and Agricultural Education Director Dr. Barbara Wall presented the school with their banner as they are the only school in the state that has health care science as a component of their STEM Program. Rex Mill teachers work diligently to create integrated experiences for the students in the program to make sure they can apply math, science, and health care science. While “STEM” has engineering as part of the acronym, there are many components of a STEM program that are applicable other than just engineering as demonstrated at Rex Mill. The school has worked for three years to accomplish this goal. They have moved from isolated classes of CTAE, math and science to the integrated curriculum provided for students today. This comes from a commitment from the teachers to provide a strong STEM education for their students.
Georgia State School Superintendent Richard Woods awarded Memorial Middle School STEM Program Certification in a ceremony at the school on Nov. 2nd. Memorial Middle focuses on environmental studies where each student in the STEM program takes three years of scientific research. The program has resulted in students becoming finalists in the premier national research program, The Broadcom Masters. Teachers at Memorial collaborate to deliver an integrated project-based learning approach where students are presented with challenges they must solve. For more information about Memorial Middle click here.
Eagle Springs Elementary School
Elm Street Elementary School
Georgia State School Superintendent Richard Woods awarded Elm Street Elementary School STEM Certification in a ceremony at the school on May 16, 2016. Elm Street has a unique focus on entrepreneurship in their 1st grade classes and will expand the program to include all grades each year. Strong leadership from the school and district administration allows for teacher collaboration and an integrated approach for math and science that uses technology to leverage 21st Century thinking in all students K-5. For more information about their STEM program click here.
Deputy Superintendent Dr. Caitlin Dooley awarded Lithia Springs High School their STEM Certification in a ceremony at the school on May 12, 2016. Extensive collaboration among science, math, engineering, and biomedical teachers has resulted in a comprehensive and engaging STEM program for students. Students may choose between an engineering pathway and a biomedical pathway with a third computer science pathway to be offered in 2016-17 school year. Students at the school work on world-class equipment in STEM classes and are challenged with projects that are authentic and apply what they are learning in rigorous math and science classes. Technology use is common throughout the program as students use technology to collect data and become producers of digital content. For additional information about their STEM program click here.
Gilbert Elementary School
Sagamore Hills Elementary School has earned the Georgia Department of Education’s distinguished Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) certification. This achievement is recognition of the commitment and dedication of the Sagamore Hills Elementary School faculty, parents, and school community to provide a rigorous and substantive STEM education program for all of our students. Sagamore Hills Elementary School is in the fourth year of implementing a STEM education program. The students at Sagamore Hills Elementary School experience a comprehensive STEM program which includes STEM discipline integration through the curriculum, school-wide STEM days, and after school activities and clubs. An emphasis on the engineering design process and problem solving in every classroom allows students to use cross-disciplinary tools for discovery and developing solutions to problems. The STEM program at Sagamore Hills provides our students with the integrative tools of investigation and analysis and gives students an understanding of the relationship of STEM disciplines. The framework of our STEM program requires students to apply the design process to a variety of problems in a variety of settings. Students continuously design, model, and test solutions. They analyze data and report their findings to others in their class, to others in the school, and often times beyond to our community. Technology integration is a pervasive component of our STEM program.
State Superintendent Richard Woods awarded Martin Technology Academy in Hall County the Georgia Department of Education STEM Certification in a ceremony at the school Dec. 5th. The school boasts a series of innovative elementary school courses called Talent and Thinking (TNT) courses. Students are allowed to choose among the many courses (coding, robotics, gardening, problem solving, engineering, etc.) based upon their interest. Strong business and post-secondary partnerships, where students are challenged with authentic projects and become producers of digital products, round out the STEM program at Martin.
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.