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 Finalists Announced for Second Annual STEM Education Awards

Technology Association of Georgia (TAG) names Awards Finalists during Statewide Broadcast


ATLANTA (August 30th, 2013) – The Technology Association of Georgia (TAG) and the TAG Education Collaborative (TAG-Ed) today announced the finalists for the second annual Georgia STEM Education Awards which recognizes schools, programs, and companies for outstanding efforts and achievements in supporting and promoting STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Education in Georgia.

Award Finalists were named during a special live broadcast that was streamed to schools throughout Georgia and made available via satellite for use by local TV stations around the state. The broadcast was made possible through the support of Cisco Systems Inc., the US Department of Commerce- Economic Development Association, and Georgia Public Broadcasting; and featured acknowledgements from Georgia Labor Commissioner, Mark Butler and TAG President/CEO Tino Mantella.

“Recent Studies show that Georgia will need to fill approximately 211,000 STEM-related jobs by 2018,” said Tino Mantella, president & CEO of TAG. “The 2013 Georgia STEM Education Awards finalists are helping to prepare the tech-ready workforce to fill these jobs and we applaud them for standing out as leaders in Georgia’s educational community.”

This year’s Finalists were chosen from among more than 170 applicants in 8 different categories:



  • Brookwood Elementary School, Dalton, Whitfield County
  • Hightower Elementary STEM School, DeKalb County
  • Honey Creek Elementary, Rockdale County
  • May Howard Elementary School, Savannah-Chatham County
  • Sope Creek Elementary, Cobb County



  • High Meadows Middle School, Fulton County
  • Living Science Home Studies, Cherokee County
  • Rossville Middle School, Walker County 


  • Carrollton High School, Carrollton, Carroll County
  • East Coweta High School, Coweta County
  • Forsyth Central High School, Forsyth County
  • Kennesaw Mountain High School Academy of Math, Science & Technology, Cobb County
  • Lithia Springs High School, Douglas County
  • Ridgeland High School, Walker County



  • Computers for Youth: Atlanta's Digital Learning Program, Fulton County
  • Explorer Post Program, Savannah-Chatham County
  • NWI Academy, Aiken/Augusta
  • Sandy Springs Education Force & Georgia Tech Research Institute, Fulton County
  • Wheeler Circuitrunners Robotics, Cobb County



  • Augusta Technical College
  • The Center for Education Integrating Science, Mathematics, and Computing (CEISMC) at the Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Georgia Gwinnett College’s Tech Pipeline Initiatives
  • Georgia Institute of Technology’s National Nanotechnology Infrastructure Network
  • Georgia Southern University’s Molecular Biology Initiative
  • Savannah State University



  • Baldwin High School, Baldwin County
  • Georgia Gwinnett College School of Science & Technology, Gwinnett County
  • The Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science and Technology, Gwinnett County
  • Savannah Technical College, Savannah-Chatham County
  • Woodville Tompkins Technical and Career High School, Savannah-Chatham County



  • AVAS Technology, Atlanta
  • Cisco Systems, Lawrenceville
  • Coweta STEM Consortium, Coweta County
  • General Electric, Atlanta
  • IBM, Atlanta
  • Inner City Aquaponics, Walker County
  • UPS, Atlanta



  • ABC Montessori Academy, McDonough, Henry County
  • Benefield Elementary, Gwinnett County
  • Museum of Aviation, Warner Robins
  • Walker County Schools
  • Woodland Middle School, East Point, Fulton County


“It was truly a challenge for our judges to select the 2013 finalists from among more than 170 applicants from around Georgia,” said Michael Robertson, Executive Director of TAG Education Collaborative. “We must continue building a wave of activities that will prepare our students for the global workforce they will inherit, and we hope recognizing these organizations and their programs will raise awareness on the importance of STEM education for our state's economic future.”

Winners in each category will be officially honored at The 2nd Annual Georgia STEM Education Awards event held on September 27th at the Savannah International Trade and Convention Center in Savannah, Georgia.  The event is presented by TAG, the TAG Education Collaborative (TAG-Ed), a non-profit 501c3 dedicated to advancing STEM education in Georgia, and TAG Savannah.

For more information about TAG and the 2nd Annual Georgia STEM Education Awards or to attend the event, visit .


About The Technology Association of Georgia (TAG)


The Technology Association of Georgia (TAG) is the leading technology industry association in the state, serving more than 21,500 members and hosting over 200 events each year. TAG serves as an umbrella organization for 33 industry societies, each of which provides rich content for TAG constituents. TAG’s mission is to educate, promote, influence and unite Georgia’s technology community to foster an innovative and connected marketplace that stimulates and enhances a tech-based economy. The association provides members with access to networking and educational programs; recognizes and promotes Georgia’s technology leaders and companies; and advocates for legislative action that enhances the state’s economic climate for technology. Additionally, the TAG Education Collaborative (TAG’s charitable arm) focuses on helping science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education initiatives thrive. For more information visit the TAG website at or TAG’s community website at To learn about the TAG-Ed Collaborative visit




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