By Courtney Bryant
The Technology Association of Georgia (TAG) and the TAG Education Collaborative (TAG-Ed) announced that Drew Charter School has been named as a finalist in the Elementary Division category winner for the 2015 Georgia STEM Education Awards on August 10. East Atlanta, Ormewood Park, and Grant Park are in the Third-Tier Attendance Zone for Drew Charter School.
The Georgia STEM Education Awards recognizes schools, programs and companies for outstanding efforts and achievements in supporting and promoting STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Education in Georgia. Winners competed in eight different categories in the statewide event. “It was truly a challenge to choose from among the many applicants from around Georgia for these finalists,” said Tino Mantella, president & CEO of TAG. “We applaud all of our applicants for their excellent work in STEM.”
The Elementary Engineering Program at Drew Charter School makes STE (A) M visible throughout the campus and community. Students engage in solving real world problems in teams with real world tools and real world users. Students participate in engineering classes with projects like designing and building their own playground, but involvement outside class is also encouraged during the school-wide STEAM Day.
On STEAM Day this year, teams of students developed Frisbee Golf Baskets that stood-up to real users during DESIGNORAMA (our community festival). The Engineering Program plans DESIGNORAMA, STEAM Day and Design Career Day to keep students engaged even if they are not currently enrolled.
Winners were announced during a special awards gala on August 28 at the Carlos Community Center. The event was sponsored in part by Georgia Tech Research Institute, Promethean and Cisco.
For more information about TAG and the Fourth Annual Georgia STEM Education Awards visit: www.tagonline.org/events/stem-education-awards.
Drew Charter School Finalist in 2015 Georgia STEM Education Award
By Courtney Bryant