About Us

About us

The Georgia Department of Education is dedicated to preparing students for 21st Century workplace careers by providing high quality educational opportunities in science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics fields. In Georgia, STEM and STEAM education is an integrated curriculum that is driven by exploratory project-based learning and student-centered development of ideas and solutions.

Project and Problem-Based Learning

Students must be able to apply content from multiple disciplines to answer complex questions and develop solutions to real world problems. Teacher takes on the role of facilitator in the classroom.

Integrated Math, Science, CTAE, and for STEAM, Fine Arts Instruction

Students are able to analyze and articulate interdisciplinary connections that exist within math, science, CTAE, and fine arts content.

Strong Business, College, Community Partners

Partners are involved in development of curriculum and assist with making connections between classroom teaching and learning and business and industry applications.

Students Conduct Investigative Research

Students identify and support claims related to a complex question or real-world problem by supplying relevant data as evidence.

Collaborative Planning Time

Time must be allocated for teachers to work collaboratively to plan purposeful, meaningful, and intentional interdisciplinary lessons.

STEM / STEAM is for ALL Students

  • Emphasis on the Arts: Georgia was one of the first states to offer school-level STEAM Certification. We believe arts are instrumental in teaching creative problem solving, innovation, and empathy. The arts provide hands-on avenues for students to engage with curriculum and prepare students for future careers in the growing creative economy.
  • 21st Century Thinking Skills: STEM and STEAM schools support student growth by promoting the 21st Century Thinking Skills: Communication, Creativity, Critical Thinking, and Collaboration. STEM and STEAM instruction prepares students for the workplace by embedding opportunities to practice these skills in the learning process.
  • Real World Problem Solving: STEM and STEAM add relevance to learning. Career exposure through real world problem solving increases student interest and engagement in STEM and STEAM education.

Evidence for stem and steam

Implementation of STEM and STEAM in Georgia Shows Promising Results

Students who attend GaDOE-certified STEM or STEAM schools tend to perform higher in mathematics compared to their peers in non- STEM/STEAM comparison schools.

Growth of Georgia STEM and STEAM Schools Since Program Inception

The constant increase in growth of Georgia STEM and STEAM Certified schools is helping Georgia meet workforce demands.

White House Releases STEM Education Strategy

A new White House strategy for improving science education is receiving high grades for its emphasis on inclusion, diversity, and workforce development. The 5-year strategy for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education released on December 4, 2018,​ sets a vision “where all Americans will have lifelong access to high-quality STEM education and the United States will be the global leader in STEM literacy, innovation, and employment.”