Georgia STEM Day is a day for schools, educators, students, and companies to engage in activities involving science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). By celebrating Georgia STEM Day on May 5, 2017, you are helping to raise awareness of the importance of STEM in our state. Join the thousands of teachers, schools, and districts that have already registered to participate in this STEM celebration by clicking the register button below! Registered teachers are entered for a chance to win exciting prizes provided by our partner organizations!
Zoo Atlanta is excited to celebrate STEM by participating in TAG-Ed’s Georgia STEM Day! Come visit and enjoy some of the exciting activities focusing on science, technology, engineering, and math!
Tuesday, May 2
Friday, May 5
Georgia Sea Turtle Center
Jekyll Island Authority’s Georgia Sea Turtle Center (GSTC) is thrilled to support STEM education in our state by participating in TAG-Ed’s 2017 Georgia STEM Day. Join GTSC in person or online to celebrate STEM as they showcase their STEM research, technology, and careers.
Thursday May 4th
GSTC will have a Distance Learning opportunity from within our treatment room. We will feature STEM based careers including veterinary medicine and field based research including screening for wildlife health parameters. While this will happen live from 10-11 am on our Facebook page, it will also be recorded and available online for those who cannot attend the live program!
Friday May 5th
Our STEM Day celebration will include a table in the GSTC Exhibit Gallery dedicated to highlighting different STEM based research happening on Jekyll Island! This will include updates from our AmeriCorps Research members and UGA graduate students working on Jekyll Island. We hope to highlight technologies ranging from GPS mapping to radio telemetry and even drone based film footage for tracking and monitoring turtle species! We have field trip groups visiting throughout the day whose programming will be augmented with this feature and will host Leadership Georgia in the afternoon for a special behind the scenes tour which will also highlight some of these aspects of the work conducted from the GSTC and its collaborators.
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.
All of our staff will be wearing a letter from STEM that they use most in their career, and you are invited to engage with them about what their daily work looks like, how they got into their career, and what they love most about working at Georgia Aquarium. We challenge you to talk to someone that represents each letter in STEM! Learn more about our discounted pricing for school groups or purchase individual tickets today to secure your spot!
In preparation for your visit, we also recommend that you check out our new interdisciplinary curricular materials designed for grades 3-5, 6-8, and 9-12! Each set of resources includes an overview of Georgia Aquarium, inquiry-based lessons for each gallery, games and puzzles, and additional resources. Connecting Georgia Aquarium to your classroom is easy: please reference the end of each package to see curricular connections to Common Core Math and English Language Arts standards, Next Generation Science standards, and state-specific standards for Georgia, Alabama, Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee.
Can’t make it to the Aquarium? Check out our STEAM Forward video series! Did you know that Georgia Aquarium’s habitats hold over ten million gallons of water and more than 100,000 animals? Have you ever wondered what all of those animals eat or what it takes to keep those habitats clean? Here’s another fun fact: one-third of the United States is forested. That’s 766 million acres, or 20% more trees than we had in 1970! How do you think companies like Georgia-Pacific and their 35,000 employees from all over the world balance the needs of their customers – lumber for homes and schools, paper for books, boxes, tissues and towels – with the protection of endangered forests and conservation of forest diversity? What kinds of careers exist at institutions like this, and what skills do you need to get those jobs?
In response to these types of questions, Georgia Aquarium and Georgia-Pacific have partnered together on an exciting new video series called STEAM Forward! This free educational resource designed for middle school students highlights the variety of STEAM career pathways that exist within our organizations by peeling back the layers of our operations and meeting the experts behind the scenes. Starting by taking a close look at our own institutional ecosystem, you will meet authorities in fields including life support engineering, chemistry, and nutrition that make Georgia Aquarium’s heart beat each day. Each video is 5-7 minutes long and are a great way to celebrate STEM day from afar.
In celebration of Georgia STEM Day and in recognition of the partnership we have in advancing manufacturing while being good stewards of the environment, Novelis invites you to share with your students newly-created aluminum recycling education materials. Show your support for recycling and its benefits while sharing Life of a Can: The Never-ending Story, a first-of-its-kind recycling education program created in collaboration with Discovery Education!
As the global leader in rolled aluminum products and recycling, Novelis seeks to educate children and communities about the importance of recycling. This past October, Novelis teamed up with Discovery Education, the leading provider of digital education and professional development for K-12 classrooms, to offer free, standards-aligned digital learning tools for classrooms and families nationwide that explore the never-ending lifecycle of a recycled aluminum can. In doing so, Novelis is hoping to inspire classrooms to implement recycling programs of their own. Life of a Can also features national hockey league defenseman, former Stanley Cup Champion, and “eco-athlete,” Andrew Ference, to drive home the importance of recycling and underscore our individual impact on the environment.
While incorporating key concepts related to Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM), Life of a Can educates the future generation on key recycling facts such as the $1.5 billion total value of aluminum sent needlessly to landfills every year in North America alone.
Visit Life of a Can: The Never-ending Story and share these new tools with your constituents as together we celebrate the importance of recycling and being great environmental stewards on Georgia STEM Day.
In celebration of Georgia STEM Day Chehaw is excited to unveil our newest exhibit featuring Straw Colored bats! Join us as we spend the day learning through hands on games and activities about the many different ways our zoo uses STEM – science, technology, engineering and math!
On Wednesday May 3rd please join us for a facebook live feed where we will get even more batty about bats! In addition to our new Straw Colored bats, Chehaw has many different populations of bats in the park. Tune in to discover the many different research projects Chehaw conducts to help monitor wild bat populations!
STEM is Georgia’s future. By 2020, there will be more than 22,000 new STEM jobs in this state alone. Innovative and quality STEM education is vital for students’ academic and professional success, and STEM skills are essential to Georgia’s future workforce and economy. Why not have a day to recognize the importance of STEM learning in our state?
Whether you’re a teacher, parent, student, or administrator, getting involved in STEM Day is simple and fun. First thing’s first: be sure to register today!
Teachers: Incorporate STEM activities into your classroom on May 5, 2017 – and encourage your school and fellow teachers to do the same! Check out the hashtag, #GASTEMDay, to see innovative activities from teachers around the state.
Principals: Engage your entire school in celebrating STEM Day. STEM activities are not limited to science and math teachers – STEM activities can be incorporated across the curriculum!
Students: You can be involved with STEM learning inside and outside of the classroom. Be sure to ask your teacher about STEM day activities, and check out our partners below to see what after school activities you can engage in!
Companies: Volunteer to speak at a local school about your exciting STEM career, or host a field trip for students to your local business!
Colleges/Universities: Partner with TAG-Ed in promoting STEM Day, and work with local K-12 schools to coordinate activities, speakers, and volunteer opportunities.
We want to hear how you spent your Georgia STEM Day! In 2016, students across the state celebrated 1 million students engaged at The Georgia Aquarium, teachers won tickets to the Atlanta Braves and Atlanta Zoo, and thousands of classrooms across the state shared their lesson plans with us on social media, using the #GASTEMDay. Be a part of the celebration – sign up for Georgia STEM Day 2017!
Each Georgia STEM Day, we’re lucky enough to work with amazing community organizations across the state and country to promote STEM education. In 2016, we worked with Georgia Aquarium, CollegeBoard, Discovery Education, Zoo Atlanta, STEM Premier, Atlanta Braves, and HiFiKids.com. If you would like to become a STEM Day Partner in 2017, please contact Katie Dion below.
Georgia STEM Day 2017 is Friday, May 5, 2017.
The first Georgia STEM Day began in 2013. Here’s what we’ve accomplished since: