Lithia Springs High School Named a STEM Education Awards Finalist
Tuesday, September 03, 2013

Lithia Springs High School (LSHS) was named a finalist in the 2013 STEM Education Awards by the Technology Association of Georgia (TAG). 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.

One of the major priorities at LSHS is seamless integration of technology into every facet of day-to-day instruction. School-wide, cross-curricular planning by teachers incorporates STEM skills into problem-based, student-centered projects. All classrooms have access to technology through computer labs, mobile netbook labs, and mobile iPad labs. Every classroom has a Promethean board and an active response system. In addition, LSHS has a wireless internet platform that is accessible to students throughout the campus to support their learning in the classrooms.

Commenting on LSHS’ selection as a STEM Awards finalist, school principal Dr. Garrick Askew stated “This is a tremendous honor. We work hard at LSHS to provide a quality STEM program for our students to participate in. It is encouraging to receive recognition for our efforts. We have a strong team of administrators and staff at LSHS that are instrumental in ensuring that our program is of high quality. Ms. Elaine Wood and Dr. Lee Collins are two of the administrators at the school who have helped the LSHS STEM Academy realize its mission and vision.”

Lithia Springs High School opened its STEM program in the fall of 2012, offering pathways in Engineering and Biomedical Science. In the fall of 2013, the program was enhanced with the establishment of the LSHS STEM Academy. The LSHS STEM Academy enrolls students through a competitive admissions process.

Students accepted into the LSHS STEM Academy participate in rigorous courses of study that support their chosen STEM pathways through a purposeful complement of advanced classes in math and science. In addition to the 6 required Advanced Placement courses needed for completion of an LSHS STEM course of study, LSHS STEM Academy students may take up 12 Advanced Placement courses during their time at LSHS and/or enroll in post Advanced Placement courses including Engineering Calculus and Materials Chemistry. Finally, students further extend their learning in the LSHS STEM Academy through participation in STEM specific clubs and organizations, many of which participate in local, regional, and national STEM competitions.

The LSHS STEM Academy is also supported by the Lithia Springs High School STEM Advisory Board, made up of local business men and women, community leaders, school system leaders, and parents. The board vets the school’s programs and provides support as needed. This group has identified the STEM-related skills required for the local workforce. To help develop those skills, the LSHS STEM Advisory board provides STEM-related speakers and fieldtrips. In addition, the STEM board has pledged to provide internships for students in their senior year. They also offer support for the FIRST Robotics Team, the Technovation Team, Science Olympiad, TAG Web Challenge, Engineering Club, and Math Team.

“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 officially honored at The 2nd Annual Georgia STEM Education Awards event held on September 27th at the Savannah International Trade and Convention Center in Savannah, Georgia. The event is presented by TAG, the
TAG Education Collaborative (TAG-Ed), a non-profit 501c3 dedicated to advancing STEM education in Georgia, and TAG Savannah.