Wheeler High School Achieves Both STEM and STEAM Certifications

The Center for Advanced Studies at Wheeler High School has accomplished something no other high school in Georgia can claim. It is both STEM and STEAM certified by the Georgia Department of Education.

On Tuesday, the school celebrated its status as the first in the state to achieve STEAM certification when State School Superintendent Richard Woods visited the school to officially recognize the honor with a banner for the school display. r

The “A” in STEAM adds the arts to STEM, an acronym for science, technology, engineering and math.

“Most of the jobs coming into the state are STEM and STEAM-related,” Woods told the audience of students in the magnet program.

During the program, several teachers and students talked about how adding the arts to the STEM education enriches the experiences for students. Two students discussed and demonstrated how they incorporated biology with dance. Another duo talked about designing and building the set for the school’s performance of “High School Musical” last spring.

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“STEM and STEAM programs better prepare you for the opportunities presented before you,” Superintendent Chris Ragsdale told the crowd. “Our job is to make sure when you leave Wheeler High School we have prepared you to be successful.”