The Ware County School System has launched a district-wide STEM initiative designed to empower all students to graduate ready for college, careers, and life in a global economy. STEM is an acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. STEM education integrates a variety of subjects into a single lesson and transforms a typical teacher-centered classroom into facilitated learning experiences driven by problem-solving, critical thinking, discovery, and exploratory learning.
The Ware County School System believes STEM education is critical because there is an increased demand in major industries for a STEM-skilled workforce. STEM education equips students with a diverse array of soft skills and technical skills which they will use to enter career fields where they will successfully solve problems that do not even exist yet.
"This is a very forward-thinking initiative," noted Paige Coker, director of special projects. "STEM education benefits everyone, including students, teachers, the community, and society as a whole. STEM education opens students' minds to the infinite possibilities beyond graduation and prepares them to embrace the future job market as a member of a technically-skilled workforce."
Felicia Cullars, STEM/STEAM Program Specialist for the Georgia Department of Education, gave an informative presentation at the August Administrators meeting. The focus of the presentation was to familiarize Kindergarten-12th grade principals with the requirements necessary to earn STEM School certification. The process takes 3 years of school visits and observations as well as meeting multiple criteria areas on a rubric. Those in attendance for the presentation included district office officials, K-12 Principals, and Okefenokee RESA representatives.
"If you are interested in learning more about STEM or partnering with the Ware County School System's STEM initiative, please contact Mrs. Millie Price, K-12 STEM Instructional Support Coach, at (912) 283-8656, ext. 1139," said Coker.
Pictured L-R: Felicia Cullars, Blake Johns of OKRESA, Supt. Jim LeBrun, and OKRESA Director Dr. Greg Jacobs