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Georgia Tech’s CEISMC Named a Winner in the First Annual S.T.E.M. Education Awards

Georgia Tech’s Center for Education Integrating Science, Mathematics and Computing (CEISMC) has been named a winner in the first annual S.T.E.M. Education Awards. CEISMC was honored in the Science Agency category for its Georgia Intern-Fellowships for Teachers (GIFT) program.

These awards were created by the Technology Association of Georgia (TAG) and the TAG Education Collaborative (TAG-Ed) to recognize and celebrate schools, extracurricular programs, public-private partnerships, science agencies and post-secondary education outreach programs for outstanding efforts and achievement in supporting and promoting science, technology, engineering and math education in Georgia.

The GIFT program is a university/private industry teacher professional development collaborative that provides summer university laboratory research and industry workplace experiences for Georgia middle and high school S.T.E.M. teachers. GIFT teachers are required to transfer experiences into classroom lesson plans, enabling GIFT’s teachers to impact more than 100,000 students in Georgia.

“The GIFT program has been successful because the teachers, and ultimately their students, understand STEM concepts more deeply thanks to their summer research laboratory experiences. Their excitement and increased knowledge are then transferred to their students,” said Richard Millman, director of CEISMC.

CEISMC, along with the other winners of the S.T.E.M. Education Awards, was honored during a special, half-day event on September 14 at the Savannah International Trade and Convention Center.

“Today, Georgia companies are struggling to fill over 4,000 technology positions. By 2018, we will need to fill an additional 211,000 S.T.E.M.-related jobs. To stay competitive as a state and meet this demand we must increase the number of students pursuing S.T.E.M.-related careers,” said Michael Robertson, executive director of TAG-Ed. “Hosting the S.T.E.M. Education Awards provides us with an opportunity to recognize the best practices among workforce readiness and S.T.E.M. programs, and by celebrating their efforts we expect to continue building a strong S.T.E.M. community that prepares students for their future careers.“

To learn more about the awards, visit: http://bit.ly/STEMAwards.

By David Terraso, Director of Communications, College of Sciences