Cobb middle school awarded STEAM certification

A Cobb County middle school has earned the district’s first STEAM certification.

Simpson Middle School has obtained this system-wide designation, which recognizes schools that have made great strides in implementing creative lessons in science, technology, engineering, art and math.

Dr. Sally Creel, Cobb County School District’s supervisor of STEM and Innovation, said students at Simpson are using the arts to show what they’ve learned in math, English and science classes.

“Their teachers have worked hard to help students see how the concepts that they are learning are integrated from one class to the next,” she said. “This approach to learning mirrors the real world.”

The school district has awarded STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) certification to 25 schools, with Cooper Middle School earning the first certification in 2016. Since then, 15 elementary schools, four more middle schools and five high schools have achieve STEM certification.

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Cobb schools with the district’s STEM certification include: Acworth Elementary, Baker Elementary, Belmont Hills Elementary, Big Shanty Intermediate, Brumby Elementary, Bullard Elementary, Cooper Middle, East Side Elementary, Floyd Middle, Ford Elementary, Hightower Trail Middle, Kennesaw Mountain High, King Springs Elementary, Lassiter High, Mableton Elementary, Mabry Middle, McCall Primary, McCleskey Middle, Pope High, Shallowford Falls Elementary, Sope Creek Elementary, Tritt Elementary, Vaughan Elementary, Walton High and Wheeler High.

Six of these schools — Cooper, Ford, Kennesaw Mountain, Lassiter, Tritt and Wheeler — have also earned Georgia STEM Certification. Wheeler and Mableton also have Georgia STEAM certifications.

More than a dozen of these schools have also been recognized with AdvancED STEM certification: Big Shanty, Brumby, Cooper, Ford, Hightower Trail, Kennesaw Mountain, Lassiter, Mabry, Mableton, Shallowford Falls, Sope Creek, Tritt and Vaughan.

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