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STEM and Innovation

Trina Reaves
Director of STEM and Innovation
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Lisa Batiste
Administrative Assistant II
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How does the Office of STEM and Innovation support each child's learning?
The Office of STEM and Innovation supports schools by:

  • promoting and enhancing STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and    Mathematics) education.
  • supporting curriculum development to ensure a robust STEM education.
  • providing professional development opportunities for teachers to enhance their STEM teaching skills.
  • offering a wide range of resources and materials that align with STEM principles, aiding educators in delivering effective STEM education.
  • playing an active role in organizing STEM-related events and competitions to engage students and foster their interest in STEM fields.
  • forming partnerships with local businesses and organizations, creating opportunities for students to explore real-world STEM applications.

What can parents do at home to support their child's ability to problem-solve?
Parents can encourage problem-solving skills by fostering a growth mindset and providing opportunities for their children to tackle challenges independently. 

  • Ask open-ended questions that require critical thinking.
  • Encourage curiosity and exploration.
  • Provide access to books, educational games, and puzzles.
  • Involve children in hands-on activities, experiments, and projects.
  • Encourage perseverance and resilience when faced with difficulties.
  • Support extracurricular STEM activities and clubs.

What is available to enrich student STEM-based experiences?

  • STEM-focused summer camps and workshops
  • Science museums, planetariums, and science centers
  • Participation in science and engineering competitions (e.g., Science Olympiad, robotics competitions)
  • Partnership programs with professionals in STEM fields
  • STEM-related field trips and guest speakers at schools

What extracurricular STEM activities are available?
Extracurricular STEM activities can vary by school and includes but is not limited to the following:

  • Robotics clubs and competitions
  • Coding and programming clubs
  • Science clubs focused on specific areas like biology, chemistry, or astronomy
  • Engineering design teams
  • Mathematics clubs and math competitions
  • Environmental and sustainability clubs
  • STEM-related volunteer opportunities and community service projects    

What schools are STEM certified and what type of certifications do they have?

Georgia Department of Education STEM Certified Schools

Cognia Internationally Certified Schools

What additional STEM resources are available to support student learning?

What other departments or programs support STEM teaching and learning?