North Georgia Schools; Local Company Among Finalists For S.T.E.M. Education Awards

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

The Technology Association of Georgia (TAG) and the TAG Education Collaborative (TAG-Ed) is pleased to announce the finalists for the second annual Georgia STEM Education Awards which recognizes schools, programs, and companies for outstanding efforts and achievements in supporting and promoting STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Education in Georgia.

Award Finalists were named during a special live broadcast that was streamed to schools throughout Georgia and made available via satellite for use by local TV stations around the state. The broadcast was made possible through the support of Cisco Systems Inc., the US Department of Commerce- Economic Development Association, and Georgia Public Broadcasting; and featured acknowledgements from Georgia Labor Commissioner, Mark Butler and TAG President/CEO Tino Mantella.

“Recent Studies show that Georgia will need to fill approximately 211,000 STEM-related jobs by 2018,” said Tino Mantella, president & CEO of TAG. “The 2013 Georgia STEM Education Awards finalists are helping to prepare the tech-ready workforce to fill these jobs and we applaud them for standing out as leaders in Georgia’s educational community.”

This year five finalists from the North Georgia  area were chosen from among more than 170 applicants in eight different categories:

ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

·         Brookwood Elementary School

Dalton, Whitfield County

·         Hightower Elementary STEM School

DeKalb County

·         Honey Creek Elementary

Rockdale County

·         May Howard Elementary School

Savannah-Chatham County

·         Sope Creek Elementary

Cobb County 

MIDDLE SCHOOL

·         High Meadows Middle School

Fulton County

·         Living Science Home Studies

Cherokee County

·         Rossville Middle School

Walker County

·         The Westminster Schools

Fulton County

HIGH SCHOOL:

·         Carrollton High School

Carrollton, Carroll County

·         East Coweta High School

Coweta County

·         Forsyth Central High School

Forsyth County

·         Kennesaw Mountain High School

Academy of Math, Science & Technology

Cobb County

·         Lithia Springs High School

Douglas County

·         Ridgeland High School

Walker County

EXTRACURRICULAR PROGRAM:

·         Computers for Youth:

Atlanta's Digital Learning Program

Fulton County

·         Explorer Post Program

Savannah-Chatham County

 ·         NWI Academy

Aiken/Augusta

·         Sandy Springs Education Force & Georgia Tech Research Institute

Sandy Springs, Fulton County

·         Wheeler Circuitrunners Robotics

Cobb County

POST SECONDARY OUTREACH:

·         Augusta Technical College

·         The Center for Education Integrating

Science, Mathematics, and Computing (CEISMC)

At the Georgia Institute of Technology

 ·         Georgia Gwinnett College’s

Tech Pipeline Initiatives

 ·         Georgia Institute of Technology’s

National Nanotechnology Infrastructure Network

 ·         Georgia Southern University’s

Molecular Biology Initiative

·         Savannah State University

CLASSROOM TECHNOLOGY:

·         Baldwin High School

Baldwin County

·         Georgia Gwinnett College

School of Science & Technology

Gwinnett County

The Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science and Technology

Gwinnett County

·         Savannah College of Art and Design,

Savannah-Chatham County 

·         Savannah Technical College

Savannah-Chatham County 

·         Woodville Tompkins

Technical and Career High School

Savannah-Chatham County 

CORPORATE OUTREACH

·         AVAS Technology                             

Atlanta

·         Cisco Systems            

Lawrenceville 

·         Coweta STEM Consortium   

Coweta County

·         General Electric                                            

Atlanta

·         IBM                                                                            

Atlanta

·         Inner City Aquaponics-                    

Walker County

·         UPS

Atlanta

BEST GEORGIA STEM DAY ACTIVITY:

·         ABC Montessori Academy

McDonough, Henry County

·         Benefield Elementary

Gwinnett County

·         Museum of Aviation

Warner Robins

·         Walker County Schools

·         Woodland Middle School

East Point, Fulton County

“It was truly a challenge for our judges to select the 2013 finalists from among more than 170 applicants from around Georgia,” said Michael Robertson, executive director of TAG Education Collaborative. “We must continue building a wave of activities that will prepare our students for the global workforce they will inherit, and we hope recognizing these organizations and their programs will raise awareness on the importance of STEM education for our state's economic future.”

Winners in each category will be officially honored at The 2nd Annual Georgia STEM Education Awards event held on Sept. 27, at the Savannah International Trade and Convention Center in Savannah, Georgia.  The event is presented by TAG, the TAG Education Collaborative (TAG-Ed), a non-profit 501c3 dedicated to advancing STEM education in Georgia, and TAG Savannah.

To see a replay of the Aug. 30, Announcement of Finalists, please visit: http://bcove.me/k5bxglw7

For more information about TAG and the second Annual Georgia STEM Education Awards or to attend the event, visit bit.ly/STEMreg13 .


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