Local News

September 13, 2013

Brookwood a finalist in STEM award program

Winner to be announced Sept. 27 in Savannah

Cheers from students and staff rang out in the halls of Brookwood Elementary School recently as they learned, during a live broadcast, the school has been named a finalist in the 2013 Georgia STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) Education Awards program.

The program is sponsored by the Technology Association of Georgia (TAG), the state’s leading association dedicated to the promotion and economic advancement of Georgia’s technology industry.

The announcement was made during a special press conference telecast presented by TAG in collaboration with Georgia Public Broadcasting and the STEM Education Awards broadcast sponsors, Cisco Systems Inc. and the federal Department of Commerce-Economic Development Association.

The school is being recognized for the efforts it took to promote science, technology, engineering and math on May 3. Gov. Nathan Deal set aside that day as STEM Day in the state. Brookwood staff took all of their students to 18 local businesses to see what actually goes on behind the scenes and to learn how math, science and technology are used every day in local businesses.

“We wanted to show kids as young as kindergarten that STEM is important and is available in our community,” said Celeste Martin, Brookwood’s principal who started her tenure at the school this year.

Kindergarten teacher Dana Baxter said STEM Day was a big learning experience. Her class went to Carniceria Loa, a local grocery store, and put prices on items and counted merchandise such as canned goods.

“They’ve all been to a grocery store before, but they’ve never seen math in action,” Baxter said. “You’re not learning to count just for the sake of counting. You’re actually using it. It’s something you can’t produce in a school setting.”

Sarah Forberger, 8, who went to a local frozen yogurt eatery, the Sweet Spot, with her class, said she never realized all that went into making the shop tick.

“There are lots of steps to it,” Forberger said of running the shop. “There are all these machines and steps you have to do right. I never knew math was at the Sweet Spot.”

TAG officials selected the finalists after looking at what the schools did on May 3.

“We had to tell what we did and how it went, and then answer a questionnaire,” said Martin.

Martin said the anticipation grew when TAG officials kept following up with more questions.

“I tried to stay realistic, because there were hundreds of other schools that did wonderful, but I was hopeful,” she said. “When I got the news, I was ecstatic.”

Brookwood is one of five finalists in the elementary school category. The other finalists in the category are May Howard Elementary in Savannah, Sope Creek Elementary in Marietta, Honey Creek Elementary in Rockdale and Hightower Elementary in Doraville.

“The 18 partners were the ones who made this a success,” Martin said. “They’re the reason why we got this, so we want to share this with the community.”

Martin is also happy that Brookwood stood out among many other larger schools (three of the five finalists are metro Atlanta area schools).

“It’s time for Dalton, Georgia, to get some recognition,” Martin said. “I’m glad we get to bring that to the local area.”

The winners will be announced in Savannah on Sept. 27 at the Savannah International Trade and Convention Center.

Text Only
Local News
  • Bugs and Kisses 1 mlh.jpg Local stores expect tax holiday to create lots of sales

    Local retailers say Georgia’s sales tax holiday weekends mean big business for them, and they are gearing up to capitalize on this year’s tax-free shopping on Friday and Saturday.

    July 30, 2014 1 Photo

  • Esme file mw 2.jpg Still fighting

    Ten-year-old Esme Miller was celebrated earlier this year for the way she’s handled a bout with osteosarcoma, a type of bone cancer.

    July 30, 2014 1 Photo

  • Historical photos of Murray County needed

    Maybe you have a photograph of a well-known preacher from the 1940s. Or maybe you have a photograph taken of a church choir from the 1920s.

    July 30, 2014

  • State DOT wants your input on transportation needs

    As state and national leaders consider alternatives for funding future transportation needs, the Georgia Department of Transportation wants to know what Georgians would like in their 21st century transportation system and how they recommend paying for it.

    July 30, 2014

  • Jail for Justice Tour event here tonight

    The Moral Monday Georgia Coalition, the NAACP-led multi-racial, multi-issue advocacy group, will host an event in partnership with the Georgia Dreamers Alliance, Coalition of Latino Leaders (CLILA), Whitfield NAACP and the Whitfield County Democratic Party at Dalton’s Mack Gaston Community Center tonight from 5 to 9.

    July 30, 2014

  • Two charged with tampering with evidence in drug investigation

    Two people have been arrested and charged with tampering with evidence in connection with the synthetic marijuana bust in February involving a Dalton business owner.

    July 30, 2014

  • Beaulieu to close operations for one week for inventory

    Floorcovering giant Beaulieu of America will conduct a physical inventory of its buildings and facilities next week, with only salaried employees reporting for work.

    July 30, 2014

  • Green spot closing 1 mlh.jpg A part of the family

    Larry Green can’t remember the exact date. But he says it was about 54 years ago when his father Marvin took him to see the new store he and his brother Herman had commissioned Red Jennings to build at 309 W. Emery St. in Dalton.

    July 29, 2014 3 Photos

  • New high school?

    The only means for “staying small” and preserving “The Dalton Way” in Dalton Public Schools may be through expansion, Superintendent Jim Hawkins said Tuesday.

    July 29, 2014

  • Bond denied for man arrested in synthetic marijuana bust

    A Dalton business owner charged in a synthetic marijuana bust was denied bond Tuesday.

    July 29, 2014