Sunday, September 1, 2013

SSU a STEM finalist

Posted on Sun, Sep 1, 2013 at 9:43 PM

Savannah State University (SSU) has been named a finalist in the 2013 Georgia STEM Education Awards. The announcement was made recently by the Technology Association of Georgia (TAG), the state’s association dedicated to the promotion and economic advancement of the state’s technology industry.

The Georgia STEM Education Awards recognizes schools, programs and companies for outstanding efforts and achievements in supporting and promoting STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education in Georgia.

SSU was named a finalist in the post-secondary outreach category for its partnership with the Savannah-Chatham County Public School System to engage elementary, middle and high school students in the STEM subjects. Some of the collaborative activities include the Georgia Regional Science and Engineering Fair, Southeastern Consortium of Minorities in Engineering (SECME) STEM competitions, STEM 360 Summer Camp for the STEM Academy at Bartlett Middle School, the Junior Engineering Technology Society (JETS) camp and teacher enrichment workshops.

“We sincerely believe in building connections and collaborations with the local public school district because the young students we help educate are the future of this community and nation,” said Jonathan Lambright, Ph.D., interim dean of SSU’s College of Sciences and Technology.

Finalists in eight categories were announced during a special press conference telecast presented by TAG in collaboration with Georgia Public Broadcasting (GPB) and the STEM Education Awards broadcast sponsors, Cisco Systems Inc. and the US Department of Commerce- Economic Development Association.

“It was truly a challenge for our judges to select the 2013 finalists from among more than 170 applicants from around Georgia,” said Michael Robertson, executive director of TAG Education Collaborative. “We must continue building a wave of activities that will prepare our students for the global workforce they will inherit, and we hope recognizing these organizations and their programs will raise awareness on the importance of STEM education for our state's economic future.”

Winners in each category will be honored during the second annual Georgia STEM Education Awards event on September 27 at the Savannah International Trade and Convention Center.

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