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2017 – The Georgia
Department of Education has awarded Science, Technology, Engineering and
Mathematics (STEM) certification to two schools: Newton College and Career
Academy (NCCA) in Newton County and Cooper Middle School in Cobb County.
students enter the 21st-century economy, they must be prepared with a solid
foundation of science, technology, engineering and math competencies and
skills,” State School Superintendent Richard Woods said. “Newton College and
Career Academy and Cooper Middle School are doing a fantastic job equipping
students with those skills in an out-of-the-box, project-based environment that
prioritizes and personalizes student learning.”
NCCA is the
first College and Career Academy in Georgia to earn STEM certification from the
GaDOE, and is also the first STEM-certified school in Newton County. Students
at the school complete an engineering or biotechnology pathway as part of a
program characterized by a weekly flex day that allows student choice in
projects and collaboration partners. Meaningful and engaged business partners
provide authentic problems for students to solve. STEM students are required to
take Latin and Advanced Placement math and science coursework prior to graduation.
is Cobb County’s first STEM-certified middle school. The school faculty has
built in flexible time for project-based learning to occur, and math and
science are blocked together for integrated instruction. Strong business
partners are the backbone of the STEM program, as students work in the field
with businesses to engage in real-world problem solving. Females take prominent
leadership roles in the program and are represented on the robotics team and in
computer coding activities.
To earn STEM
certification, each 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.
about STEM schools at stemgeorgia.org.