Savannah school earns STEM award

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A Savannah public school is celebrating a huge honor – a state-wide STEM award.

That stands for science, technology, engineering and mathematics and schools around the country are increasing their focus on those disciplines.

The Isle of Hope School took home top honors in the category of STEM Day Activity. The Technology Association of Georgia handed out awards in multiple categories last week. The association is encouraging STEM curriculum in schools to make for a more prepared future workforce.

This is the second year in the row the K-8 school has taken home that award, honors the school earned even before the new state-of-the-art school building opened this school year.

Each May, participating Georgia schools have a STEM day. Isle of Hope made its event a career day and brought in experts in all sorts of occupations.

School leaders said it’s a way for students to see how what they’re learning can be applied in the real world.

Isle of Hope takes its STEM program more in depth by adding an arts component. The Isle of Hope program is therefore called STEAM.

“The kids are very engaged. They love technology,” said teacher Wade Smith. “They are actively creating and one of the things that sets STEAM apart from STEM is it’s both sides of the brain being engaged at once. It’s not just the technical side, but it’s the arts side.”

School leaders said they are humbled and excited about the recognition their program has received.

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