Welcome to the Spring 2021 edition of the Georgia Tech K-12 STEM Connection Newsletter! This newsletter highlights campus and community K-12 STEM-related outreach news, learning resources, innovation, and events for K-12 STEM educators, administrators, parents, students, and professionals.
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Engineering a Culture of Inclusion and Diversity

Emerald White, an undergraduate in the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, is making her voice heard through active participation in many different on-campus organizations. Although White attended a high school focused heavily on the fine arts, her interest in robotics and healthcare drew her to STEM. She entered Tech as a biomedical engineering major, motivated by the healthcare inequality present in not only her neighborhood but in many Black and underrepresented minority communities.
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Bringing Computer Science to Savannah's Classrooms
Recognizing that computer science education was not widely available in most K-12 classrooms, was founded in 2013. The international organization set out to better engage students and equip them with skills needed by nearly everyone entering the job market in the 21st century, regardless of career path. To accomplish this, created and now freely provides an impressive range of computer science curriculum, which can be used to give students a strong base in computer science fundamentals.
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Meltem Alemdar and Christopher Cappelli: Innovative Curricular Assessment
Assessment is often treated as an afterthought, Dr. Meltem Alemdar remarks, tacked on to the end of a project to validate the results. For the NSF-IGE grant-funded project “Integrating Team Science into the STEM Graduate Training Experience,” this is, thankfully, not the case. As Alemdar emphasizes, “we’re part of the leadership team, which is unique to this project. Assessment is being recognized as integral to the process.” Mr. Christopher Cappelli adds, “We’re part of every meeting. It’s a collaborative process.”

Alemdar and Cappelli enjoy doing assessment work with the “Integrating Team Science” project, which seeks to train STEM graduate students in that key 21st-century skill, collaboration. The need for the project was clear, they explain, because there is a clear gap in graduate training in effective team dynamics. And “putting the grant together was a smooth process,” Alemdar says, “because we’re working with people who are thinking about how to work well in teams.” Best of all, her co-PIs recognize the enormous value of assessment throughout the entire process of researching, strategizing, designing, developing, implementing, and revising curricular materials.
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GoSTEM 9th Annual Latino College & STEM Fair – March 17 and 18

GoSTEM invites students, families and educators to our 9th Annual Latino College and STEM Fair… virtually! We hope that you will join us for two days of hands-on activities, informational talks, and keynote presentations! GoSTEM will offer hybrid interactive hands-on STEM workshops to school and organization groups during the day, keynote presentations in the morning, and informational sessions will take place after school or in the evening. For more information visit
Learn More About it Here

The 5th Annual STEAM Leadership Conference 2021 at Georgia Tech.

This event will provide an inspiring array of experiences to build and engage K12 STEAM education leaders. This year's conference will be hosted virtually on April 15th and 16th, 2021 using Hopin, an online events platform.
Want to register for the conference?
Learn More About it Here

Mathapalooza on Pi Day!

Come explore the light-hearted and artistic sides of math at Mathapalooza on the afternoon of Pi Day!  There will be puzzles and games to amuse and challenge everyone from kids to rocket scientists.  There will be mathematical music, magic tricks, and artwork, and mathematical stories will be recounted on stage through dance, courtroom dramas, and circus acts.  We'll open your eyes to the beauty of math and forever change the way you think about it.
This virtual event is free. More information and registration at Mathematics in Motion website,
Sunday, March 14th 1:00-5:00PM EST

Guthman Musical Instrument Fair

Meet the finalists in Georgia Tech's 2021 Guthman Musical Instrument Competition. In this interactive virtual event, you'll learn about innovative new musical instruments pushing the limits of art, technology, and design. You'll also be able to speak directly with their creators to learn more about their work. Then stick around to hear from our judges about this year's winners!
This virtual event is free, but advance registration is required. More info and registration at
Saturday, March 13th 1 – 3 pm

Atlanta Science Festival Art of Science Contest

K-12 students in Georgia are invited to enter the 1st annual Art of Science Contest co-hosted by STEM@GTRI, the Museum of Design Atlanta, and the Atlanta Science Festival. The contest is part of the 2021 Atlanta Science Festival. Winning artists will receive a festival prize pack and see their art displayed in prominent places around Atlanta. Artists can enter 2D works of art, images of 3D works of art, or images or videos of video game designs. There are prizes in each category for various age groups. This is a great opportunity to include entire classrooms, grade levels, or whole schools in a celebration of art and science! For full details (including example works of art) and to enter, go to

BRAIN AWARENESS DAY: Your Brain as Your Body’s Computer!

Brain Awareness Day is a global initiative to raise awareness of the benefits of brain research. A smaller version will be held virtually on Saturday, March 20, 2021.  Our free event will have neuroscience-related engaging demonstrations where attendees can see an actual human brain, see a neuron fire, build a neuron, and much more!  
Registration is based on first come - first serve and space is limited. Please register as soon as possible, but before March 5, 2021. This event is for 6th-8th graders
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Spill the Tea: Kitchen Science in Action


Have you ever wanted to learn more about the speed of light and pH indicator chemistry? Do you want to learn how to make mug cakes and butterfly peaflower tea from the comfort of your home? If you said yes to either or both of those questions, then join the Georgia Tech STEMComm team for the tastiest science demonstration in Atlanta! At this event, our team will take you step by step through the process of how to make a mug cake and steep butterfly peaflower tea, while discussing how to find the speed of light with chocolate and how pH impacts the color of tea. All you need is a microwave (perfect for a dorm room "kitchen"!), and there will be options available for any dietary restrictions (gluten-free, vegan, etc.).

When registering, select if you'd like a kit mailed to you (at a cost of $10 - deadline March 8) or if you'd like to purchase materials yourself (free registration). We'll provide a list of materials here by March 1.

Thursday, Mar 18 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

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The Size of Science


You know about science - but have you stopped to think how big it is? Not just how many scientists there are or how many questions have been answered, but the massive scale of sizes? From planets to nanoparticles, science studies the incredibly large and the unimaginably small. 


Join us to explore the size of science with Georgia Tech researchers! In this virtual event, we'll look through a telescope and electron microscope to explore the differences - and similarities - between some of the largest and smallest objects in the universe!


Register and we'll share a list of materials you'll need on hand to participate - many of which you may already have at home.

Friday, Mar 19

1:00 PM - 2:15 PM

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It's Getting Hot in Here: Urban Heat Islands

Extreme heat is the leading cause of weather-related deaths in the United States - more than hurricanes and tornadoes combined. Disproportionately affecting the most vulnerable community members, heat extremes are particularly deadly in densely populated urban centers such as Atlanta. In many other cities, maximum urban heating often occurs in locations that reflect the compound impacts of historic racism. 


In order to combat this problem, we must better understand it. Join us to learn how community scientists are mapping temperature extremes throughout Atlanta with high-tech DIY sensors. We'll present our preliminary data during a panel discussion about the science of “urban heat islands” and their relationship to climate change and environmental justice.

Tuesday, Mar 23

7:30 PM - 8:30 PM EST

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Summer for Teacher/Students

Aerospace (STEP) Summer Internship Program for High School Students

Georgia Tech’s Aerospace Systems Design Lab and Georgia Space Grant Consortium (out of the School of Aerospace Engineering), are hosting the Science, Technology, and Engineering Pipeline (STEP) program, sponsored by Lockheed Martin, again this summer. The STEP Program is an educational outreach program designed to provide hands-on engineering internships to Atlanta-area high school students. STEP is an immersion program for engineering. Students work in teams on a challenge problem that is inspired by an active Georgia Tech research effort. The students work with a Georgia Tech faculty mentor to solve their challenge problem. At the end of the program, students present the results of their work to parents, teachers, faculty, and industry representatives at a poster session.


The 2021 STEP program runs 14 June – 1 July 2021. This year’s program will be held REMOTELY due to the pandemic. Students must be at least 16 years old by the start of the program to apply. Space is limited. Application window is 1 Feb – 19 March 2021. For more information:


To be considered for the 2021 summer program, please complete the application between 1 Feb and 19 March 2021 at Selections will be announced 2 April 2021.

National Nanotechnology Coordinated Infrastructure 2021 Summer Research Experiences for Teachers Program

The United States will have to fill 3.5 million STEM jobs by 2025, according to The National Association of Manufacturing and Deloitte. The National Nanotechnology Coordinated Infrastructure (NNCI) will be offering high school teachers and technical college faculty the opportunity to experience the excitement of nanotechnology research and to share this experience in their classrooms and with their peers. This program will be offered to educators by four NNCI sites: Georgia Institute of Technology (GT), the University of Minnesota (UMN), the University of Nebraska–Lincoln (UNL), and Northwestern University (NWU).


Application: Please email for link to application 

Deadline for Application: April 16, 2021 To learn more about SENIC please go to:


Society of Women Engineers Career Fair and Workshops for Kids

The GT Society of Women Engineers is hosting a variety of events this spring to encourage kids to get involved in STEM. For elementary school outreach, there will be a STEM video series that kids (and parents) can follow along with at home. There is also a Rube Goldberg Machine Contest for elementary schoolers to put their creativity to the test to win fun prizes. For high school outreach, GT SWE will be hosting two workshops in March. One will be a beginner coding workshop and the other will be a box activity (in which GT SWE will provide the materials to build a small spider robot).  Please direct any questions about GT SWE Spring Events to Kat Pospichel,
CODE.Org Summer 2021 Teacher Professional Development Workshops

Our Summer Teacher Professional Development Workshops have a primary focus to support, help sustain, and grow the K-12 computer, science educators. To learn more and find a workshop today, visit:

New Explorers’ Guild Series! The Good of Games in K12 Education

Games are everywhere and that includes in school! In fact, there are decades’ worth of scientific literature backing why playing video games are good for student social, emotional, mental, and physical wellness. However, what is still being explored is how to effectively integrate games and games concepts into the classroom.


In this Explorers' Guild series, we will explore how games can benefit student wellness and motivation for STEAM learning, how to effectively integrate games into many types of classroom topics and activities, the types of skills students can develop that connect to jobs in the gaming industry, and the benefits and how to’s for starting an esports program at your school! Sign up for all 4 workshops or as many as your schedule allows. Each workshop is 45 minutes and starts at 4:30 p.m. The Explorers' Guild (EG) program delivers free professional learning workshops to Georgia's K12 educators.


March 4, 2021 – Games are good for you! 

March 11, 2021 – Games in MY Classroom?

March 18, 2021 – What does it mean to work in the games industry?

March 25, 2021 – Esports: Why should I care?

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Reads Across America Day and Esports and Gaming

Direct to Discovery Programming

From celebrating Read Across America Day to learning live in the lab, STEM@GTRI is connecting K12 classrooms with STEM experts in 10 exciting virtual sessions across March and April! Each interaction is accompanied by GSE-aligned instructional resources. Register to receive resources and recordings of sessions. Explore our offerings and register at:

Esports and Gaming Sessions for Families!

Want to learn more about gaming and esports as a parent or provide your child with knowledge about the gaming industry? Want to inform parents of the science behind your school's esports team? Join us for a Parent and Student session on gaming and esports featuring GEAR Research Director, Laura Levy.

Are games good for your child? Parent session – March 4, 7- 8 pm The science and industry of gaming and esports! Student session

Catalyst - A Virtual Day of STEAM

On March 27th, HackGT is virtually hosting our annual day of STEAM exposure for over 400 High School students from the Metro Atlanta Area. With the goal of exposing students to Computer Science, Catalyst will offer four tracks: Web Development, Design, Cybersecurity, Product Development & Entrepreneurship.

This will be an opportunity for participants to:

  • Learn about the world of STEAM and Computer Science as a career path
  • Gain insight into impactful, widely-known technology companies
  • Receive mentorship from college students and other industry professionals
  • Connect with opportunities at Georgia Tech to further their education and exposure
You can register for the event at!

CEISMC Student Programs

CEISMC Student Programs is excited to offer in-person and virtual summer programs this summer. We will offer weekly summer programs from May 31 - July 23. Your students can join us for a socially distanced program on Georgia Tech's campus or connect with us virtually from the comfort of their homes. These weekly summer experiences are designed to increase Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics (STEAM) knowledge through hands-on and engaging experiential activities. Please visit our website at for more information or signup for our newsletter at this link.

K.I.D.S. Club & STEAM Workshops in Partnership with Atlanta Science Festival - Online Saturday, March 13, 2021

Georgia Tech CEISMC is excited to announce our partnership with the Atlanta Science Festival. K.I.D.S. (Kids Interested in Discovering STEAM) Club online offerings are designed for kids in the 4th and 5th grade who are interested in discovering and learning more about science, technology, engineering, arts and math! Learn more about K.I.D.S. Club at this link.

The STEAM Workshops are for students in 6th through 12th grade. STEAM Workshops encourages students to study and pursue a career in the STEAM fields by exposing them to many different topics of science and engineering along with a technology. Learn more about STEAM Workshops at this link.

March Theme is "Exploring Engineering". The cost starts at $20 per session. Cost does not include supplies.

        CAPACiTY Computer Science Online Professional Learning Institutes

                                                  Provided by CEISMC

Summer 2021

  • Introduction to Digital Technology.  June 7-18. 
  • AP Computer Science Principles.  June 7-11 and June 21-25. 
  • Middle School Computer Science (Foundations of Computer Programming plus Foundations of Interactive Design).  June 7-18. 

Each course requires approximately 40 hours of work, mostly asynchronous, and teachers receive $450 for successfully completing a course.

To request an application, email

CAPACiTY curricula, developed with support from the National Science Foundation, promote the development of computational thinking and computer science skills by engaging students in authentic and culturally relevant problem-driven learning. Students create multimedia digital narratives consisting of websites, mobile apps, and computationally generated music in a collaborative manner.  In the process, students become proficient with a variety of computational tools such as Power-Point, EarSketch, and App Inventor.

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