Pictured are: Sam Lim, Cisco Systems, Kym Eisgruber, Principal, Dana Jones, Academic Coach, and Brady Cannon, Program Director TAG Savannah
The Technology Association of Georgia (TAG) and the TAG Education Collaborative (TAG-Ed) announced in September that Mableton Elementary School has been named as the Elementary category winner for the 2014 Georgia STEM Education Awards.
The Georgia STEM Education Awards recognizes schools, programs, and companies for outstanding efforts and achievements in supporting and promoting STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Education in Georgia.
Winners competed in 8 different categories in the statewide event. “It was truly a challenge to choose from among the many applicants from around Georgia,” said Tino Mantella, president & CEO of TAG. “We applaud this year’s winners for standing out as leaders in Georgia’s educational community.”
Winners were announced during a special awards gala on September 26th, held at the Savannah International Trade and Convention Center. The event was sponsored in part by Promethean and Cisco Systems Inc.
“It is so gratifying to see STEM education gaining momentum throughout the state of Georgia,” said Michael Robertson, executive director of TAG-Ed. “In order for our students to be prepared for tomorrow’s careers, they must first acquire strong analytical and problem solving skills through rigorous coursework in school. The programs highlighted today are leading the way in this effort and sharing best practices that will prepare our students for the challenges ahead. “
About Mableton Elementary School
To address changes in demographics and socio-economic levels, Mableton began to implement the STEM initiative in the fall of 2012. The process began as a grassroots effort of teachers, parents, administrators and district personnel who recognized the need for STEM in the school and community. Since its inception, the STEM program has become a model for the school district and is in the process of obtaining state STEM certification. Mableton’s STEM program has evolved into a rigorous, relevant program deeply rooted in problem solving, discovery, and collaboration not only for students, but teachers as well. Through the completion of teacher-created design challenges, our students are developing strong content knowledge in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math while learning the 21st century skills needed for college and career readiness. The Mableton teachers have alsoreceived 20+ hours of professional developmentin STEM that includes building a foundation and developing enhanced teachingpractices.
“Our STEM program is on the way to being one of the best in the state. Not only does it link of our actions and strategies for improved student achievement together, it gives students who would not have normally had the opportunities to experience, a challenging, problem-based program to do so. We are hopeful that we can continue to expand the program with even more innovative, cutting edge resources and materials in the future,” said Kym Eisgruber, Principal.
About The Technology Association of Georgia (TAG)
The Technology Association of Georgia (TAG) is the leading technology industry association in the state, serving more than 24,000 members and hosting over 200 events each year. TAG serves as an umbrella organization for 33 industry societies, each of which provides rich content for TAG constituents. TAG’s mission is to educate, promote, and unite Georgia’s technology community to foster an innovative and connected marketplace that stimulates and enhances a tech-based economy. For more information visit the TAG website at www.tagonline.org or TAG’s community website at www.TAGthink.com.
About TAG Education Collaborative
TAG Education Collaborative is dedicated to developing science, technology, engineering and math initiatives in Georgia. Through partnerships with statewide STEM programs, TAG-Ed fosters student interest in STEM in order to increase appreciation for the opportunities available through technology careers. TAG-Ed hosts an internship program for high school students, two web-based team challenges for students interested in Health IT and web design, and the Vine Event, an annual fundraiser benefiting STEM education. For additional information, visit TAG Education Collaborative or contact Michael Robertson at (404) 920 – 2038 or email@example.com.
For more information about TAG and the Third Annual Georgia STEM Education Awards visit: http://www.tagonline.org/events/stem-education-awards/.