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​Georgia Department of Education awards STEM certification to Griffin-Spalding’s Cowan Road Elementary School

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May 21, 2015
The Georgia Department of Education has awarded Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) certification to Cowan Road Elementary School in the Griffin-Spalding School System.

Cowan Road is the 9th elementary school
in the state to be awarded the designation and the 17th school overall. Certification was given at a PTO meeting on May 18.

Cowan Road Elementary School provides opportunities for all students to develop a passion for STEM,” Superintendent Woods said. “Hands-on learning is woven into the regular academic curriculum so students make connections between them. As we work to personalize education for all students, Cowan Road is a model for the state.”

To earn STEM certification, the school had to submit an application showing that it meets specific criteria, including 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.

The 3rd-5th grade program at Cowan Road focuses on place-based education. Students work with the local parks and recreation department to solve engineering problems associated with a park that is adjacent to the school. Teachers at the school work diligently to integrate math, science, and engineering so students can apply the concepts they learn using project-based learning. Students produce digital content as a result of their projects and readily relate the relationship of projects to the science and math they are learning. In partnership with Georgia Tech, an institution that continues to push students to think at higher levels, students are engaged in engineering design.

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