Cornerstone Schools of Cumming has been named the statewide winner in the middle school category for the 2014 Georgia STEM Education Awards, according to the Technology Association of Georgia and the TAG Education Collaborative.
Cornerstone Schools is a private school in Cumming with students from Forsyth, Hall, Fulton, Cherokee, Dawson, Gwinnett, Lumpkin, Pickens and White counties.
TAG chose Forsyth County’s Cornerstone as the top STEM middle school out of 170 applicants in eight different categories. The Technology Association of Georgia recognizes top schools focusing on Science, Technology, Engineering and Math education.
“It was truly a challenge to choose from among the many applicants from around Georgia,” said Tino Mantella, president and CEO of TAG. “We applaud this year’s winners for standing out as leaders in Georgia’s educational community.
Earlier this year, Cornerstone Schools also won the statewide Ecybermission, sponsored by the U.S. Army. Cornerstone Schools’ sixth grade won first place in the Ecybermission Georgia competition while the eighth grade won second. Both of Cornerstone’s Ecybermission projects related to the environment, botany, biology and conservation, with an emphasis on the scientific method.
“It is so gratifying to see STEM education gaining momentum throughout the state of Georgia,” said Michael Robertson, executive director of TAG-Ed. “In order for our students to be prepared for tomorrow’s careers, they must first acquire strong analytical and problem-solving skills through rigorous coursework in school. The programs highlighted today are leading the way in this effort and sharing best practices that will prepare our students for the challenges ahead. “