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Growing Opportunities in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math
December 6, 2012
Over the next 10 years, science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) jobs are expected to grow by 17 percent, compared to less than 10 percent for other professions. Analysts expect more than 200,000 jobs in STEM fields to be created here in Georgia by 2018.
To take advantage of this, school systems all over the state are implementing new programs and opening new schools that emphasize these areas. Several schools have obtained official STEM certification, and many more are pursuing it.
STEM programs feature a curriculum rich in problem-solving, discovery, exploratory learning, and student-centered development of ideas and solutions. Throughout the year, high schools host Georgia STEM Festivals that feature student competitions, experiments, investigations and design challenges.
To make connections between the classroom and the workplace, the Georgia Department of Education runs a Georgia STEM Institute each summer, partnering teachers with industry leaders and promoting discussion of classroom applications for particular industries.
If you'd like to learn more about STEM education and review teacher and student resources, visit STEM Georgia.