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Design, Engineering and Manufacturing Camp (Camp DEM) Named a STEM Education Awards Finalist

on Tue, 2014-09-09 11:07

Technology Association of Georgia Recognizes Award Finalists focused on Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Education

ATLANTA (September 8, 2014) – The Technology Association of Georgia (TAG), the state’s leading association dedicated to the promotion and economic advancement of Georgia’s technology industry, today announced that Camp DEM has been named as a Finalist in the Extracurricular Program category for the 2014 STEM Education Awards.

The Technology Association of Georgia’s 3rd STEM Education Awards recognizes schools, programs, and companies for outstanding efforts and achievements in supporting and promoting STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Education in Georgia.

The Design, Engineering and Manufacturing Camp (Camp DEM) was started by the Greater Dalton Chamber of Commerce and floorcovering companies in 2011 to expose middle school students to STEM careers in the floorcovering industry. The four-day camp is designed with hand-on activities in design, fabrication, laser engraving, mechatronics, electronics, industrial and Lego robotics, measurement, career exploration activities as well as teambuilding focused on workplace “soft skills.” The experience is sponsored by area businesses and manufacturers with no cost to participants. Camp DEM was developed as a result of surveys indicating students did not see viable careers within local industry. Camp DEM is facilitated by industry, local k–12 educators as well as staff from Dalton State College and Georgia Northwestern Technical College.

A total of 219 students have participated over the four years (2011, 29 students; 2012, 45 students; 2013, 67 students, and 2014, 78 students.) The only requirement for attendance is that the students are rising 6th, 7th or 8th graders. The camp is free and available on a first come, first served basis. Fortunately support has grown as the camp attendance has grown and no students who applied have been turned away. Camp DEM is held in June of each year at the Northwest Georgia College and Career Academy.

“It is exciting to see the progress we are making with STEM education in Georgia. The increase in nominations each year and the quality of the nominations made it difficult for our judges,” said Michael Robertson, Executive Director of TAG Education Collaborative. “Congratulations to the Finalists! Your work engaging these students in STEM will benefit the students you touch for years to come with challenging and exciting careers.”

This year’s Finalists were chosen in 8 different categories:

  • Elementary School
  • Middle School
  • High School
  • Post Secondary Outreach
  • Extracurricular Program
  • STEM Certified School Outreach
  • Corporate Outreach
  • Best STEM Day Activity

Winners in each category will be officially honored at The 3rd Annual STEM Education Awards event held on September 26th at the Savannah International Trade and Convention Center in Savannah, Georgia. The event is presented by TAG, the TAG Education Collaborative (TAG-Ed), a non-profit 501c3 dedicated to advancing STEM education in Georgia, and TAG Savannah.

“STEM occupations will increase in Georgia by more than 22,000 during the current decade,” said Tino Mantella, president & CEO of TAG. “The finalists of this year’s STEM Education Awards are helping to prepare the tech-ready workforce needed to fill these jobs and we applaud them for standing out as leaders in Georgia’s educational community.”

For more information about TAG and the 3rd Annual STEM Education Awards or to attend the event, visit

About TAG Education Collaborative
TAG Education Collaborative is dedicated to developing science, technology, engineering and math initiatives in Georgia. Through partnerships with statewide STEM programs, TAG-Ed fosters student interest in STEM in order to increase appreciation for the opportunities available through technology careers. TAG-Ed hosts an internship program for high school students, two web-based team challenges for students interested in Health IT and web design, and the Vine Event, an annual fundraiser benefiting STEM education. For additional information, visit TAG Education Collaborative or contact Michael Robertson at (404) 920 –2038 or

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 24,500 members and hosting over 200 events each year via 6 chapters across the state including Metro Atlanta, Athens, Augusta, Columbus, Macon/Middle Georgia and Savannah . TAG serves as an umbrella organization for 34 industry societies, each of which provides rich content for TAG constituents. TAG’s mission is to educate, promote, influence and unite Georgia’s technology community to foster an innovative and connected marketplace that stimulates and enhances a tech-based economy. The association provides members with access to networking and educational programs; recognizes and promotes Georgia’s technology leaders and companies; and advocates for legislative action that enhances the state’s economic climate for technology. For more information visit the TAG website at or TAG’s community website at

Dalton Lions Club Helps Launch Student to Space Camp

on Wed, 2014-09-03 16:02

Dalton Lions Club President Lee Oliver presents a $500 check to Valley Point Elementary fifth-grader Zane Smith to defray the costs of an upcoming trip to Space Camp in Huntsville, Ala.

The Dalton Lions Club will help Zane Smith, a visually-impaired fifth-grader at Valley Point Elementary, attend Space Camp at the U.S. Space Center later this month in Huntsville, Ala.

“The Dalton Lions Club is proud to help defray some of the tuition costs for Zane,” Dalton Lions Club President Lee Oliver said. “I’m sure Zane will enjoy being a part of such high energy sessions with other students from around the world.”

NASA reserves one week each fall for students with visual impairments and blindness to join their peers from all over the USA and several other countries. Numerous adaptations are available for these students that are not available during a normal Space Camp session.

Resources to accommodate all students range from Braille and large print materials to CCTV and voice output on computers. Licensed teachers of the visually impaired work alongside visually-impaired speakers from various walks of life to provide a supportive learning experience aligned with national science education standards.

Free digital textbooks available through the Georgia Department of Education

on Fri, 2014-08-29 11:13

This information provided by the Georgia Department of Education.

As the 2014–2015 academic year begins, teachers, school leaders, parents and students should be aware that they can access free, interactive digital textbooks through the Georgia Department of Education’s website.

“As we implement the new standards, we know teachers and parents need high-quality resources,” State School Superintendent Dr. John Barge said. “We developed these textbooks and other resources for middle and high school virtual school courses, and the students who have used them have been very successful. Much of their success can be attributed to these exceptional resources in the hands of our teachers.”

The textbooks, which can be accessed by visiting, are currently available for middle and high school courses. They cover an array of content areas in Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies, CTAE Electives, and several World Languages (Spanish, German, French, Latin, Chinese and Japanese). Textbooks available range from courses such as Coordinate Algebra, Analytic Geometry, and Biology to electives such as Web Design, Agriculture, and Healthcare Science.

Many of the textbooks feature supplemental or interactive content, including study guides, discussion questions, games, audio recordings, and quizzes. When learning about function families in a Coordinate Algebra textbook, students can hover over vocabulary words to view their definitions. In a Fundamentals of Web Design CTAE course, students can take interactive quizzes as they learn HTML.

These resources are aligned to the Common Core Georgia Performance Standards and are free for use by schools, districts, or individuals. To access the textbooks and a list of subjects available, visit, then visit the “click here” link under the “shared” heading. Visit to access more online-learning resources from the Georgia Department of Education.