The countdown to back to school is on! Richmond County kids head back to class August 12 and their teachers are already hitting the books.
Thursday, a conference was held to help teachers prepare students for diverse careers.
It's called the STEM Education Conference. STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. The idea behind this 3-day conference, held at A.R. Johnson Health Science and Engineering Magnet High School, is to teach the more than 200 Richmond County math and science teachers in attendance, more about those subjects. The state hopes that in doing this, it will help advance student math and science achievement. The goal is to graduate a next generation of students capable of competing in a global economy.
"This gives teachers an opportunity to experiment with new ideas, new technologies, new theories," said Dr. Stacey Mabrey, with the Richmond County School System. "One of the things that's being pushed heavily in the U.S., as well as here in Georgia and Augusta, is the idea of STEM careers. And because teachers are the genesis point for all careers, it's important for teachers to understand what STEM careers entail and what they involve in order to help kids with new knowledge."
This is the 2nd year they've had the conference, which is funded through Georgia's 2011 "Race to the Top" grant. The conference wraps up Friday.
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