STEM Education Awards



STEM Education Awards

The Fourth Annual

STEM Education Awards 

August 28, 2015 at the Carlos Community Center in Atlanta, GA

August 28, 2015

Event Information and Registration

•    11:00AM, Friday August 28, Carlos Community Center: Registration Opens

•    12:00 PM, Lunch Keynote, Governor Nathan Deal

•    1:30 PM, Panel 1: Business Connections

•    2:05 PM, Panel 2: Internship Success Stories

•    2:40 PM, Panel 3: Student Engagement

•    4:00 PM, Exhibitor Set Up

•    5:00 PM, Networking Reception

•    6:00 PM, STEM Education Awards Dinner Reception, Awards, and Keynote Address with Lockheed Martin’s Shan Cooper  

•    8:30 PM, Program Concludes


Sponsorship Information:

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Speaker Information:

Governor Nathan Deal and Shan Cooper, VP and GM for Lockheed Martin,
will serve as keynote presenters for the 4th annual STEM Education Awards!

Governor Nathan Deal will serve as the lunchtime keynote presenter. Throughout his service, Governor Deal has focused on the importance of science, technology, engineering and math in education. In 2014, he launched the Woodrow Wilson Georgia Teaching Fellowship which seeks to incentivize gifted, devoted individuals with backgrounds in the STEM fields to teach in high-need Georgia secondary schools. Governor Deal has also dedicated more than 50 percent of state funds to education every year he’s been in office. As the keynote presenter, he is expected to talk about the next generation workforce and STEM skills.

Shan Cooper is Vice President of Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company and General Manager of the company’s Marietta, Georgia, facility. As General Manager, she is responsible for the 5,700-employee Marietta operation, which designs, produces, modifies and maintains military aircraft for the United States and countries around the world. Ms. Cooper’s evening keynote presentation will touch on the talent requirements of our future workforce and the importance of corporate involvement in education.

This conference and awards program promotes excellence in STEM Education and recognizes schools, programs, and companies who are helping to develop our future workforce.

Following the luncheon keynote, there will be a series of panel discussions designed to provide the audience an opportunity for learning and networking. At the evening awards event, TAG and TAG Education Collaborative will recognize 40 schools, organizations, and companies for their achievements. Presented by sponsors and community figures, eight finalists will take home awards for excellence in the categories of Elementary School, Middle School, High School, Post-Secondary Outreach, Extracurricular, Corporate Outreach, STEM Day Activity, and STEM Certified School Outreach. Sponsors of the 4th annual event include Georgia Tech Research Institute, Cisco, Google, Equifax, McKesson, Georgia Department of Labor, Lockheed Martin, Georgia Southern, and DeVry.


Need a place to stay? 

We have a special rate of $91 at the Atlanta Marriott Century Center/Emory Area located at:  2000 Century Boulevard NE, Atlanta, GA  30345.  Please make your reservation before August 7th by calling (800) 228-9290 or clicking here and request the TAG STEM Awards rate. 



2015 Sponsors 









Lockheed Martin  



 DeVry       Georgia Southern University       Southwire  


Georgia Power

Apollo Education Group




Nomination categories include:

  • Elementary School- This category recognizes innovative STEM curriculum and programs in Elementary Schools that promote STEM Education in the classroom and expand STEM skills while helping to point students towards productive technology related careers.


  • Middle School- This category recognizes innovative STEM curriculum and programs in Middle Schools that promote STEM Education in the classroom and expand STEM skills while helping to point students towards productive technology related careers.


  • High School- This category recognizes innovative STEM curriculum and programs in High Schools that promote STEM Education in the classroom and expand STEM skills while helping to point students towards productive Technology related careers.


  • STEM Certified School Outreach- This category recognizes the crucial role that STEM Certified schools play in mentoring other schools that are working towards certification.  Nominees for this award will be evaluated based on their outreach efforts supporting other schools and programs.


  • Post Secondary Outreach- This category was established to recognize the crucial work of attracting and transitioning students interested in STEM Education to post secondary programs that expand STEM skills and lead to productive technology related careers.


  • Extracurricular Program- This category recognizes extracurricular programs who provide innovative STEM opportunities for students in order to expand STEM skills and workforce readiness.


  • STEM Day Activity- This category was created to recognize the best activities conducted by a school or extracurricular program during Georgia’s 2nd Annual STEM Day.


  • Corporate Outreach- This category recognizes the efforts of the business community to get involved and better prepare our students for technology careers of the future.


To complete a nomination in any of the above categories the nominating party must have the following information:

  • Nominating party’s contact information
  • The school, program, camp, activity or company you recommend
  • Explanation of the relationship between the nominating party and the entity being nominated
  • A short paragraph explaining the nomination 
  • The contact information of the school, program, activity, or company


Organizations that are selected from the initial nomination stage will be given a more involved questionnaire that will be their final submission for the award.

Questions? Contact Amanda Hendley at or (404) 920-2023, Michael Robertson or (404)920-2038. 


2014 STEM Education Award Winners

Elementary School: Mableton Elementary School, Mableton

Middle School: Cornerstone Schools, Cumming 

High School: Ridgeland High School, Rossville

STEM Certified School Outreach: Wheeler High School, Marietta

Extracurricular Program: Sandy Springs Education Force - GTRI STEM Event, Sandy Springs

Post Secondary Outreach: Augusta Technical College, Augusta

Georgia STEM Day Activity: Isle of Hope K-8, Savannah

Corporate Outreach: Automation Direct, Cumming   


2013 STEM Education Award Winners

Elementary School: Hightower Elementary STEM School, DeKalb County

Middle School: Rossville Middle School, Walker County

High School: Forsyth Central High School, Forsyth County

Extracurricular Program:CFY: Atlanta’s Digital Learning Program, Fulton County

Post Secondary Outreach: Georgia Tech’s Center for Education Integrating Science Mathematics and Computing(CEISMC)

Classroom Technology: Woodville Tompkins Technical and Career High School, Savannah-Chatham County

Corporate Outreach: General Electric (GE), Atlanta, Fulton County

Best STEM Day Activity: Woodland Middle School, East Point, Fulton County


2012 STEM Education Award Winners


Middle School: Carrollton Middle School, Carrollton 

High School: Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science, and Technology, Lawrenceville

Post Secondary Outreach: Georgia College, Milledgeville 

Extracurricular Program: Explorer Post, Savannah 

Science Agency: Georgia Intern-Fellowships for Teachers (GIFT), Atlanta 

Public-Private Partnership: Georgia Power and Savannah Chatham County Public School System, Savannah   

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