STEM Day will celebrate science, technology, engineering and math education
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April 5, 2013 – TAG Education Collaborative (TAG-Ed), the Technology Association of Georgia’s charitable organization dedicated to preparing the next-generation workforce, is collaborating with the Georgia Department of Education and more than 20 other state education institutions, associations and companies to establish the first Georgia STEM Day on May 3, 2013.
STEM Day will be a statewide opportunity for schools, students, teachers, and companies to raise awareness, celebrate and engage in activities involving science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), in order to make the critical connection between the classroom and a student’s future career.
“Our goal is to raise awareness about STEM education and the opportunities for students in exciting STEM related careers,” said Michael Robertson, executive director of TAG-Ed. “It’s estimated that by 2018, Georgia will have approximately 211,000 STEM oriented jobs to fill, so it is crucial that our future workforce be prepared with the necessary STEM skill set.”
Organizations and partners supporting Georgia STEM Day include the
· After-School All Stars
· Definition 6
· Dewer College of Education at Valdosta State University
· Georgia Charter School Association
· Georgia College
· The Georgia Department of Education
· Georgia Department for Excellence in Education
· Georgia Gwinnett College
· Georgia State University College of Education
· Georgia Southern College of Education
· Georgia Southern Institute for Interdisciplinary STEM Education ( i2STEMe)
· Georgia Tech Research Institute
· Georgia Tech CEISMC
· Georgia Youth Science and Technology Centers
· Junior Achievement
· The Sandy Springs Education Force
· Southern Polytechnic State University Teach
· The Technology Association of Georgia
Teachers, students and companies will be able to find STEM Day activities, ideas, and the official STEM Day video, courtesy of Definition 6, on TAG-Ed’s website.
“We must do everything we can to help fill the void of STEM professionals in Georgia’s labor market by tapping into students’ passions for science, technology, math and engineering,” said State School Superintendent Dr. John Barge. “STEM Day in Georgia is a great way to highlight the STEM education already happening in schools across the state and to encourage schools to join us in this effort.”
Additionally, participants of STEM Day have the opportunity to be recognized for the Technology Association of Georgia’s STEM Education Awards, held on Sept. 27 in Savannah, Ga.
The STEM Education Awards were created to recognize and honor schools, extracurricular programs, public-private partnerships, science agencies and post-secondary education outreach programs for outstanding efforts and achievement in supporting and promoting science, technology, engineering, and math education in Georgia.
To learn more or to register your class or organization for Georgia STEM Day, please visit TAG-Ed’s website: http://bit.ly/GASTEMDay. To follow the conversation on Twitter, track #GASTEMDay.
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.