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STEM and Innovation

Trina Reaves

Director of STEM and Innovation


Lisa Batiste

Administrative Assistant II


How does the Office of STEM and Innovation support each child's learning?

The Office of STEM and Innovation supports schools by:

  • promoting and enhancing STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and    Mathematics) education.
    supporting curriculum development to ensure a robust STEM education.
  • providing professional development opportunities for teachers to enhance their STEM teaching skills.
  • Offering a wide range of resources and materials that align with STEM principles, aiding educators in delivering effective STEM education.
  • playing an active role in organizing STEM-related events and competitions to engage students and foster their interest in STEM fields.
  • forming partnerships with local businesses and organizations, creating opportunities for students to explore real-world STEM applications.

What can parents do at home to support their child's ability to problem-solve?

Parents can encourage problem-solving skills by fostering a growth mindset and providing opportunities for their children to tackle challenges independently. This can involve:

  • asking open-ended questions that require critical thinking.
  • encouraging curiosity and exploration.
  • providing access to books, educational games, and puzzles.
  • involving children in hands-on activities, experiments, and projects.
  • encouraging perseverance and resilience when faced with difficulties.
  • supporting extracurricular STEM activities and clubs.

What is available to enrich student STEM-based experiences?

Enrichment opportunities for STEM-based experiences varies by school and includes the following:

  • STEM-focused summer camps and workshops.
  • Science museums, planetariums, and science centers.
  • Participation in science and engineering competitions (e.g., Science Olympiad, robotics competitions).
  • Partnership programs with professionals in STEM fields.
  • STEM-related field trips and guest speakers at schools.

What extracurricular STEM activities are available?

Extracurricular STEM activities can vary by school and includes but is not limited to the following:

  • Robotics clubs and competitions.
  • Coding and programming clubs.
  • Science clubs focused on specific areas like biology, chemistry, or astronomy.
  • Engineering design teams.
  • Mathematics clubs and math competitions.
  • Environmental and sustainability clubs.
  • STEM-related volunteer opportunities and community service projects.    

What other departments or programs support STEM teaching and learning?

In addition to the Office of STEM and Innovation, other departments or programs that can support STEM teaching and learning may include:

What schools are STEM certified and what type of certifications do they have?

GaDOE STEM Certified Schools

Cognia Internationally Certified Schools

What additional STEM resources are available to support student learning?