Forsyth Central HS named a Ga. STEM education awards finalist

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FORSYTH COUNTY, Ga. — The Technology Association of Georgia (TAG), a state association that promotes economic advancement of the state’s technology industry, named Forsyth Central High School a finalist in the high school category for the 2013 Georgia STEM Education Awards.

The awards will be held Sept. 27 in Savannah, Ga.

The Georgia STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Education Awards recognize schools, programs and companies for outstanding efforts and achievements in supporting and promoting STEM education.

Forsyth Central High School’s STEM Academy is a merit-based program with strict application requirements and rigorous course plans.

Students completing the STEM Academy program earn Advanced Placement (AP) credits and are involved with internships with local industries and research universities during their senior year.

They are also required to complete a GACTAE pathway in biotechnology, engineering or both. Additionally, Forsyth Central’s STEM Academy students are required to compete in co-curricular academic competitions including but not limited to Science Olympiad, Science Fair, BEST Robotics, MATE Robotics and VEX Robotics, and also compete in a design challenge each fall.

“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.”

For more information about TAG and the Georgia STEM Education Awards, visit bit.ly/STEMreg13.