GE Atlanta was recently presented the Second Annual STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Education Award for Corporate Outreach by the Technology Association of Georgia (TAG) and the TAG Education Collaborative (TAG-Ed). GE’s collaborative effort to ignite minds, power robotics and educate future leaders through various activities in the Atlanta area led to the recognition over companies such as Cisco, IBM and UPS. “STEM education is the foundation for the future leaders of our company. GE focuses on mentoring and sponsoring STEM programs that are well aligned with our growth values,” said Craig Foster, engineering manager of GE Power & Water. “We need scientists and engineers to help us solve the biggest challenges the world has to offer.” The awards were created to recognize and celebrate individuals and organizations for their outstanding effort and achievement in supporting and promoting STEM education in Georgia. The three programs that helped GE gain the honor were the Igniting Minds sponsorship, FIRST™ Robotics Competition volunteer efforts and a partnership with the Georgia Tech Women in Engineering (WIE). The complete details for each program are included below:
- Igniting Minds is a program sponsored by GE that aims to strengthen middle school students’ abilities in the area of math. This program uses interactive activities to make abstract concepts real for students.
- Through the FIRST™ Robotics Competition GE volunteers dedicate hundreds of hours each year to helping students learn, love and experience real engineering. Students also develop life skills in team work, problem solving, professionalism, leadership and executive presentation.
- The Georgia Tech WIE partnered with GE to host a week-long day camp for middle school girls. This fun and interactive camp gave girls an early introduction to the exciting world of STEM with the goal of inspiring them to consider college majors and careers in these areas.
According to projections from The Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce, Georgia will need to fill more than 211,000 STEM-related jobs by the year 2018. Leaders in Georgia’s educational community have responded, more than 170 applicants competed in 8 different categories in the statewide event to further promote STEM.“GE Foundation supports educational efforts to close achievement gaps in math and science and increase collaboration between the school district and community,” said Kami Luigs, director of GE Foundation Education Grant. “We will continue to support STEM initiatives to ensure that we provide children in our communities with high quality opportunities to explore and learn.” About GE GE (NYSE: GE) works on things that matter. The best people and the best technologies taking on the toughest challenges. Finding solutions in energy, health and home, transportation and finance. Building, powering, moving and curing the world. Not just imagining. Doing. GE works. For more information, visit the company's website at www.ge.com. GE’s presence in Atlanta consists of five business units including: Energy Management, Oil & Gas, Transportation, Capital and Power & Water. The total number of employees in the Metro Atlanta area is 2,400. About The Technology Association of Georgia (TAG) The Technology Association of Georgia (TAG) is the leading technology industry association in the state, serving more than 21,000 members and hosting over 200 events each year. TAG serves as an umbrella organization for 33 industry societies, each of which provides rich content for TAG constituents. TAG’s mission is to educate, promote, and unite Georgia’s technology community to foster an innovative and connected marketplace that stimulates and enhances a tech-based economy. For more information visit the TAG website at www.tagonline.org or TAG’s community website at www.TAGthink.com. About TAG Education Collaborative TAG Education Collaborative initiatives include an internship program for high school students interested in technology careers, two web-based team challenges for high school students interested in health IT and/or web design, and the Vine Event, a fundraiser launched in 2009 which has raised more than $160,000 to support STEM education. The TAG Education Collaborative provides programs to feed information to middle and high school students to generate interest in S.T.E.M. education and technology careers. Through partnerships with other programs providing hands-on activities, TAG-Ed fosters student and teacher interest in technology, and promotes the opportunities available in technology careers. For additional information, visit TAG Education Collaborative at www.tagedonline.org.