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Resources For Georgia STEM Day 2017

By now, most people in education have heard about STEM (if you’re still unsure, check out this quick explanation). TAG-Ed, Technology Association of Georgia's education initiative, is partnering with Georgia institutions and STEM-based companies to promote STEM Day participation across the state. Georgia STEM Day is a day for schools, educators, students, and companies to celebrate, raise awareness, and engage in activities involving science, technology, engineering, and math. Since it began in 2013, Georgia STEM Day has engaged over 1 million students from 89 different school districts in the state! This year Georgia STEM Day will be held on Friday, May 5. Click here to register your class, school or organization to participate in Georgia STEM Day.

Ways to Get Involved in STEM Day
Teachers: Incorporate fun and innovative STEM activities into your classroom (see some great examples below!) on May 5, 2017.
Principals: Engage your entire school in celebrating STEM Day by encouraging each teacher in every subject to celebrate STEM in a creative way!
Colleges and Universities: Partner with TAG-Ed in promoting STEM Day and help provide resources for Georgia schools!
Be Social: Use #GASTEMDay to post the amazing STEM activities you are doing in your school! 
Georgia STEM Day Activities
Georgia Aquarium
Come celebrate Georgia STEM Day this year at Georgia Aquarium! Each and every one of Georgia Aquarium’s volunteers and employees are an important piece of the STEM ecosystem that helps to care for our amazing animals and the environments they inhabit, and they are excited to share more about their work. Can't make it to the aquarium? Check out Georgia Aquarium's STEAM Forward series, which highlights the variety of career pathways at the Aquarium and its partner Georgia-Pacific.
 
Zoo Atlanta
Zoo Atlanta is excited to celebrate STEM by participating in TAG-Ed’s Georgia STEM Day! On May 2,  explore zoo STEM careers via Zoo Atlanta's three 5-10 minute Facebook live interviews. Throughout the day, Zoo Atlanta staff will speaking about their STEM careers. On May 5, visit four STEM Stations throughout the Zoo from 10:00am – 1:00pm. 
 
Jekyll Island Authority’s Georgia Sea Turtle Center
Join Jekyll Island Authority’s Georgia Sea Turtle Center (GSTC) GSTC on May 5 for a STEM Day celebration that will include a table in the GSTC Exhibit Gallery dedicated to highlighting different STEM based research happening on Jekyll Island! This will include updates from AmeriCorps Research members and UGA graduate students working on Jekyll Island.
 
Novelis
Novelis invites you to share with your students newly-created aluminum recycling education materials. Show your support for recycling and its benefits while sharing Life of a Can: The Never-ending Story, a first-of-its-kind recycling education program created in collaboration with Discovery Education!
 
Chehaw
On Wednesday May 3rd join Chehaw for a Facebook live feed where they will get even more batty about bats! In addition to its new Straw Colored bats, Chehaw has many different populations of bats in the park. Tune in to discover the many different research projects Chehaw conducts to help monitor wild bat populations!
Additional STEM resources:
GPB's Fast Forward series
Georgia Public Broadcasting’s Fast Forward series promotes student achievement in science, technology, engineering and math programs by highlighting the multitude of career opportunities here in Georgia for those who are interested in the subjects. The series consists of 16 video segments that present STEM in an entertaining and informative way by demonstrating how employees in businesses and organizations across the state are applying the topic matter in their jobs.


Google CS First
CS First provides free, easy-to-use computer science (CS) enrichment materials that target and engage a diverse student population. Its mission is to empower all students to create with technology through free computer science clubs.
 
HowStuffWorks
For an award-winning source of unbiased, easy-to-understand answers and explanations of how the world actually works check out the website, HowStuffWorks. Its writers, editors, podcasters, and video hosts share all the things they’re most excited to learn about with nearly 40 million visitors to the site each month. 
 
Code.org
Code.org is a non-profit dedicated to expanding participation in computer science by making it available in more schools, and increasing participation by women and underrepresented students of color. Its vision is that every student in every school should have the opportunity to learn computer science. Check out Code.org’s awesome movement to help anyone Learn an Hour of Code!

Bio-Bus Program from GSU
Georgia State University’s Bio-Bus is a mobile laboratory that travels to Georgia schools and presents hands-on, inquiry-based activities designed to get K-12 students enthusiastic about science. Visits are staffed by “Bio-Bus Fellows,” graduate students and undergraduates who enjoy sharing their love of science with younger learners. The goal of the Bio-Bus is not only to educate, but also to show students that science can be intriguing, interesting, and, most of all, FUN. Click here to see the teaching modules and to reserve a spot on the Bio-Bus calendar.
 
uCode@UWG
uCode@UWG is an informal coding club where kids (7-17) can explore computer programming alongside parents or teachers. Knowledgeable mentors are available for informal, just-in-time help as kids solve problems and build creative artifacts using such tools as Scratch, LearnToMod, AppInventor, and BlueJ. uCode@UWG also provides some classroom resources.
 
Teachers Try Science
Teachers Try Science provides free project-based lessons that are integrated with multimedia professional development resources to help science teachers at all levels strengthen their instruction.
How did you celebrate #GASTEMDay?

If your classroom, school, or organization celebrates STEM day, be sure to submit your activities to TAG-Ed for a chance to be recognized at the annual TAG STEM Education awards!

Mary Anne Lane

Mary Anne serves as an education specialist at GPB, where she develops content and resources for educators and students. A native Georgian, Mary Anne graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Georgia earning her Bachelor of Science in Middle Grades Education, with concentrations in Language Arts and Social Studies.... more