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May The 4th Be With You For Georgia STEM Day

Thousands of educators, students, and partner organizations will celebrate Georgia STEM Day on May 4 this year. 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. It 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! 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!). Register your STEM day activities with TAG-Ed.
  • 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
 
GPB Exploration: Okefenokee Live

GPB Education is bringing the land of the trembling earth to the classroom with our live exploration of the Okefenokee Swamp! On May 3 at 10 am, discover one of the last frontiers of true Georgia wilderness with GPB’s live exploration of the Okefenokee Swamp! Uncover the beauty of the untamed wetland, witness the power of the mighty alligator, and interact with swamp experts during this live streaming event. The event will be streamed at gpb.org/swamp from the Okefenokee Swamp Park in Waycross, Georgia. Teachers and students can use #SwampLive to join the conversation on Twitter and Facebook. Register your class here! 

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.
Additional STEAM 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.


GPB's STEAM Central 
STEAM Central is our headquarters for science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics multimedia learning resources. The goal of this hub is to support educators in igniting student interest in STEAM fields and to help students prepare for a 21st Century workplace.
 
STEM Georgia
The Georgia Department of Education is dedicated to preparing students for 21st Century workplace careers by providing high-quality educational opportunities in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields. Learn more at www.stemgeorgia.org.
 
Discovery Education 
As a part of Discovery Education's commitment to effective STEM education, they have developed a variety of powerful and engaging resources designed to fuel a cultural shift around STEM teaching and learning!  Click to get started.
 
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 are you planning to 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!

Laura serves as director of education at GPB. Her role includes planning and implementing education projects and overseeing educational content for teachers and students. Laura taught middle grades and high school English language arts and journalism for 11 years. Most recently, she served as instructional learning manager... more