The 2018-19 GYSTC STEM Teacher Academy kicked off on August 20, 2018 at Lockheed Martin in Marietta, GA. Lockheed Martin provided outstanding assistance and educational leadership to the academy by hosting this event. Nearly 50 K-8 teachers and GYSTC staff from across the state of Georgia attended. These participants learned about STEM-related careers and CodeQuest, a coding competition which Lockheed Martin offers children nationwide to promote the interest of coding in our youth. They also received tours of both the C-130 production line and the Hercules Training Simulator.
This year’s STEM Teacher Academy will focus on integrating STEM educational content with business and industry best practices to provide teachers with real-world experiences to empower their classroom environment. This year, our primary problem scenario will be “Lending a Hand to Make a Hand: Using Engineering and Technology to Provide Prosthetics to Children.” To accomplish this challenge, we will create and produce several functional prosthetic hands for Georgia’s children in need of these devices. We will work to develop the knowledge, skills, and proficiencies needed to complete such a vital task.