Two Local Schools named STEM Finalists

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A state association dedicated to the promotion and economic advancement of Georgia”s technology industry has announced that two local schools have been named finalists for the 2013 Georgia STEM Education Awards.

Benefield Elementary was named a finalist in the “Best Georgia STEM Day Activity” category, while Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science and Technology was honored in the “Classroom Technology” category.

The Georgia STEM Education Awards recognize schools, programs and companies for outstanding efforts and achievements in supporting and promoting Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics education in Georgia.

“We are honored to learn that TAG continues to notice the fine work of our teachers and students,” said Jeff Mathews, principal of GSMST. The school was honored last year during TAG”s inaugural awards in the high school category. This year, GSMST was recognized for the work ninth grade students did on a STEM Day instructional activity with fourth graders at Benefield Elementary.

“This award has a special significance for our school as GSMST students had the opportunity to learn together hands-on with another GCPS school,” Mathews said.

Melissa Walker, principal at Benefield Elementary, said the school is “thankful for the partnership with GSMST and the connectino our students have built through our STEM Day activity. It is exciting to have our students connect learnign with real life applications and open the door to future STEM career opportunities. We look forward to growing our STEM partnership with GSMST.”