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STEM Program Certification Awarded by Georgia Department of Education

MEDIA CONTACT: Matt Cardoza, GaDOE Communications Office, (404) 651-7358, mcardoza@gadoe.org 

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Gilda Lyon, STEM coordinator for GaDOE, 404.463.1977, glyon@doe.k12.ga.us
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Jan. 24, 2012 - 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.
 
Kennesaw Mountain is the sixth school program to become STEM certified in Georgia. The others are:
 
·     Marietta Center for Advanced Academics
·     Rockdale Magnet School for Science and Technology
·     Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science, and Technology
·     Henderson Mill Elementary
·     The Center for Advanced Studies at Wheeler High School
 

Learn more about STEM schools at http://stemgeorgia.org/.