STEM education experts and government representatives come together to discuss the current state of STEM education in Georgia. This panel will identify the areas most in need of change in order to help students succeed in STEM disciplines.
Amanda Buice Executive Director | Georgia Youth Science & Technology Centers
Dr. Sally Creel District Administrator - STEM & Innovation Supervisor | Cobb County Schools
Dr. Natalie King Founder & Executive Director | I AM STEM, LLC
Natalie S. King, Ph.D., is an assistant professor of science education at Georgia State University in Atlanta, GA. Her scholarly work focuses on advancing Black girls in STEM education, community-based STEM programs, and the role of curriculum in fostering equity in science teaching and learning. Dr. King is a National Science Foundation Early CAREER Award (#1943285) recipient whose research challenges the capitalistic agenda for encouraging girls’ involvement in STEM. She elevates the identities and brilliance of Black girls in her scholarship, programs, and grant projects. Dr. King is the founder and executive director of I AM STEM, LLC and partners with community-based organizations to provide Black and Latinx children with access to comprehensive academic summer enrichment programs that embrace their cultural experiences while also preparing them to become productive and critically-conscious citizens. Her work is published in the Journal of Research in Science Teaching, Science Education, Journal of Multicultural Affairs, The Science Teacher, and Teaching and Teacher Education.
Errika Moore Executive Director | STEM Funders Network
Errika is an award winning Georgia Tech Alumna and community leader who's spent the last 30 years working in a STEM field and/or serving as a STEM Equity Champion. She's spent the last thirteen years as a nonprofit executive and philanthropist focused on education while also serving on several community and national boards.
Dr. Scott Sweeting K-12 Science Instructional Coordinator | Thomas County Schools
Scott is the Coordinator for K-12 Science Curriculum and Instruction at Thomas County Schools. He has been at Thomas County Schools for over 21 years and also worked as a high school science teacher for 16 years.
Notes and Resources:
UL Partnership w/ Fire Department
Georgia Science Teachers Association
Standards of Excellence (GSE) - Official GaDOE Site
A Framework for K-12 Science Education: Practices, Crosscutting Concepts, and Core Ideas | The National Academies Press (nap.edu)
The GaDOE has a STEM/STEAM certification process for schools or programs within schools to earn this designation/recognition as a STEM/STEAM school/program: STEM/ STEAM Georgia (gadoe.org) and Certification – STEM/ STEAM Georgia (stemgeorgia.org)
OpenSciEd Instructional Materials
7000+ resources at www.SciTechInstitute.org/resources
Black Girl Brilliance and STEM Identity Development