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Hundreds of teachers visit Cobb Schools’ STEMapalooza

Teachers came from as far away as Mississippi and Louisiana June 19-21 to learn how the Cobb County School District (CCSD) encourages students to explore science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).

Around 600 metro Atlanta educators, including about 200 from outside of Cobb, stepped into classrooms at Kennesaw Mountain High School for CCSD’s annual STEMapalooza.

The teachers-turned-students learned about easy ways to add science and engineering to math, how to teach children programming with toy robots and how to incorporate Aquaponics in their lesson plans, according to a CCSD statement.

They were instructed about problem-based learning using asteroid shelters, tips for adding green-screen technology in classrooms and how to put the art in STEAM with pedal-powered paper making.

For more hands-on learning, the teachers tested out the latest gizmos, gadgets and games in the STEM playground.

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During STEMapalooza, educators also gathered information about how to help their schools earn STEM certification.

About 20 CCSD schools already have earned the CCSD’s STEM seal with seven of those schools also achieving Georgia STEM certification and 10 schools securing AdvancED STEM certification.

Information: cobbk12.org

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