The Technology Association of Georgia (TAG), the state’s leading association dedicated to the promotion and economic advancement of Georgia’s technology industry, announced Monday that Mableton Elementary School has been named as a Finalist in the Elementary category for the 2014 STEM Education Awards.
The Technology Association of Georgia’s 3rd 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.
Mableton Elementary School is located in south Cobb and serves almost 1000 students from diverse ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds. Over eighty-five percent are considered economically disadvantaged while over forty percent are at-risk of not meeting state standards in math and science. Ten percent of our student population is served in Special Education and another nineteen percent are English Language Learners. Although these factors might seem challenging to others, we see them as opportunities to “engage, empower, and excel” the students at Mableton towards the future and beyond.
“It is exciting to see the progress we are making with STEM education in Georgia. The increase in nominations each year and the quality of the nominations made it difficult for our judges,” said Michael Robertson, Executive Director of TAG Education Collaborative. “Congratulations to the Finalists! Your work engaging these students in STEM will benefit the students you touch for years to come with challenging and exciting careers.”
This year’s Finalists were chosen in 8 different categories:
- Elementary School
- Middle School
- High School
- Post Secondary Outreach
- Extracurricular Program
- STEM Certified School Outreach
- Corporate Outreach
- Best STEM Day Activity
Winners in each category will be officially honored at The 3rd Annual STEM Education Awards event held on September 26th 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.
“STEM occupations will increase in Georgia by more than 22,000 during the current decade,” said Tino Mantella, president & CEO of TAG. “The finalists of this year’s STEM Education Awards are helping to prepare the tech-ready workforce needed to fill these jobs and we applaud them for standing out as leaders in Georgia’s educational community.”
For more information about TAG and the 3rd Annual STEM Education Awards or to attend the event, visit http://bit.ly/STEMinfo2014
Engaging, empowering, and excelling students is Mableton Elementary’ mission, and it is the STEM program that has been the catalyst to bring that mission to life within the walls of the building. The school-wide STEM program has provided all students with strong content knowledge in STEM disciplines while instilling the 21st century skills needed for college and career readiness. Our program gives students from diverse socio-economic backgrounds an “opportunity to experience, challenging, real-world activities that will prepare them for the future and beyond.”
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 24,500 members and hosting over 200 events each year via 6 chapters across the state including Metro Atlanta, Athens, Augusta, Columbus, Macon/Middle Georgia and Savannah . TAG serves as an umbrella organization for 34 industry societies, each of which provides rich content for TAG constituents. TAG’s mission is to educate, promote, influence and unite Georgia’s technology community to foster an innovative and connected marketplace that stimulates and enhances a tech-based economy. The association provides members with access to networking and educational programs; recognizes and promotes Georgia’s technology leaders and companies; and advocates for legislative action that enhances the state’s economic climate for technology. For more information visit the TAG website at www.tagonline.org or TAG’s community website at www.TAGthink.com.