Governor Deal Proclaims the First Georgia STEM Day on May 3, 2013
STEM Day will celebrate science, technology, engineering and math education in Georgia K-12 schools
ATLANTA (April 10, 2013) – In recognition of the vital importance of STEM education for the state of Georgia’s future workforce, and its economic competitiveness and growth, Governor Deal has signed a proclamation declaring May 3 the first STEM Day for the state.
TAG Education Collaborative (TAG-Ed), the Technology Association of Georgia’s charitable organization dedicated to preparing the next-generation workforce, is collaborating with Georgia education institutions, associations, and STEM-based companies to establish STEM Day and encourage participation in K-12 schools throughout the state.
“Our goal is to raise awareness about STEM education and the opportunities for students in exciting STEM related careers,” said Michael Robertson, executive director of TAG-Ed. “It’s estimated that by 2018, Georgia will have approximately 211,000 STEM oriented jobs to fill, so it is crucial that our future workforce be prepared with the necessary STEM skill set.”
Over 10,000 teachers and students from across the state have already registered as participants of STEM Day. Activities, ideas, and the official STEM Day video, courtesy of Definition 6, are available on TAG-Ed’s website: http://bit.ly/GASTEMDay.
“We need to be bold and innovative in the ways we implement STEM education across the state of Georgia,” said Sen. John Albers (R- Roswell). “Georgia STEM Day will play an important role in helping students embrace the skills needed to compete in a technology rich future.”
Additionally, participants of STEM Day have the opportunity to be recognized for TAG’s STEM Education Awards, held on September 27 in Savannah, Ga.
The STEM Education Awards were created to recognize and honor schools, extracurricular programs, public-private partnerships, science agencies and post-secondary education outreach programs for outstanding efforts and achievement in supporting and promoting science, technology, engineering, and math education in Georgia.
Organizations and partners supporting Georgia STEM Day include:
- After-School All Stars
- Definition 6
- Dewar College of Education at Valdosta State University
- Georgia Charter School Association
- Georgia College
- The Georgia Department of Education
- Georgia Partnership for Excellence in Education
- Georgia Gwinnett College
- Georgia State University College of Education
- Georgia Southern College of Education
- Georgia Southern Institute for Interdisciplinary STEM Education ( i2STEMe)
- Georgia Tech Research Institute
- Georgia Tech CEISMC
- Georgia Youth Science and Technology Centers
- Junior Achievement
- The Sandy Springs Education Force
- Southern Polytechnic State University Teach
- The Technology Association of Georgia
“TAG hopes Georgia STEM Day will act as a catalyst for our members to develop lasting partnerships with their local K-12 schools in order to make the critical connection between the classroom and STEM careers,” said Tino Mantella, president and CEO of TAG.
To learn more or to register your class or organization for Georgia STEM Day, please visit TAG-Ed’s website: http://bit.ly/GASTEMDay. To follow the conversation on Twitter, track #GASTEMDay.