EXPLORING ENGINEERING ACADEMY The local Atlanta area engineering community comes together each year to develop the program for the Exploring Engineering Academy. For 16 years, the Exploring Engineering Academy has brought together talented 9th-12th grade students from all over Georgia to the world renowned Georgia Tech campus for a once-in-a-lifetime experience. During the course of this six-day program, participants engage in hands-on engineering activities, tour state-of-the-art engineering laboratories and research facilities around metro Atlanta, interact with engineers and students from all major engineering disciplines and experience living on the Georgia Tech campus. They have opportunities to learn how different STEM concepts impact our lives every day, then experience these principles first-hand as they fly through roller coasters at Six Flags one day and build robots and race them against their peers the next. The program not only focuses on the important skills needed for success in the field of engineering and technology such as math and science, but also looks at problem solving, design and analysis, team building, project management, communications and leadership. The 2016 Exploring Engineer Academy will be held from June 5-10, 2016 and applications are already being accepted. Registration discounts are also available to students who have immediate family members employed with an ACEC Georgia member firm. To learn more, visit www.atlantaexploring.org. MATHCOUNTS For more than 30 years, this 501(c)(3) non-profit organization has endeavored to engage middle school students of all ability and interest levels in fun, challenging math programs, in order to expand their academic and professional opportunities. It is the organization’s belief that middle school students exist at a critical juncture in which their love for mathematics must be nurtured, or their fear of mathematics must be overcome. MATHCOUNTS provides students with the kinds of experiences that foster growth and transcend fear to lay a foundation for future success. The organization features three distinct programs: MATHCOUNTS Competition Series, The National Math Club and Math Video Challenge. Georgia was one of the initial states to launch the MATHCOUNTS program. The state’s program is hosted by the Georgia Society of Professional Engineers (GSPE), which has thirteen local chapter competitions throughout January and February. These local chapters advance their top Mathletes to a state competition, scheduled for March 21, 2016. At the close of this event, Georgia’s top four Mathletes are named – forming the Georgia MATHCOUNTS team that will move forward to compete at the National level. To get involved in Georgia’s MATHCOUNTS or to join sponsors Lockheed Martin and Shell in supporting the program, contact Carolyn Jones at email@example.com. INTRODUCE A GIRL TO ENGINEERING Introduce a Girl to Engineering (IAG) is designed for middle school girls with a strong interest in math and science. The program exposes them to STEM fields and encourages them to consider pursuing an engineering degree. Th e half-day program brings together girls from across Georgia to interact with established women in the engineering field, as well as female students currently majoring in engineering at local colleges and universities. IAG provides fun, interactive activities, exhibit booths, mentor interaction and input from women who work in STEM-related fields. The event concludes with awarding students scholarships for engineering-related summer camps based on grades and essay submissions. A concurrent informational session is available for parents and school counselors. IAG is typically held in the metro Atlanta area in conjunction with February’s Engineers Week. If you would like to sponsor, serve on the committee, volunteer or speak at this program, visit www.acecga.org or contact Jennifer Head at Jennifer.Head@acecga.org.
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