With fall break under our belts, the school year is flying by. In recent Cherokee County School District news, Clark Creek Elementary School STEM Academy became the first school in the Cherokee County to receive a Georgia Department of Education State STEM Certification. Flipping through the pages of the September TowneLaker Magazine, one might also catch a quick advertisement for the Grant Academy, a S.T.E.M. School for 1st-5th grade in Woodstock. These as well as other mentions of STEM here and there on social media may leave parents and others wondering what exactly STEM is.
What is STEM?
STEM is an acronym for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. With academic pushes in place to help increase performance and exposure in these specific content areas and careers associated with science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, this is an important thing to consider for parents of schoolage children.
Why is STEM important in education?
The U.S. Department of Education outlines the projected increase in jobs in the STEM field. It further outlines the need for teachers who are highly qualified to prepare students for these fields of study as some of these future careers have not been developed yet. As a result, an emphasis must be made on building the proficiency of students’ overall skills in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.
For more information on STEM and the process involved in receiving the Georgia Department of Education STEM Certification, check out the Clark Creek Elementary School STEM Academy home page and listen to a special message from Dr. Scrivner.
From all of us here at the TowneLaker Magazine and AroundAbout Local Media, we want to send a special shoutout and congratulate Clark Creek Elementary School STEM Academy for this accomplishment!