Tuesday, November 8 is National STEM Day. STEM stands for science, technology, engineering and mathematics skills. STEM day aims to put an emphasis on the importance of these subjects, while making them fun and engaging to garner interest of young students. Recently Georgia Power participated in a STEM expo at Marietta High School, and this Saturday, November 12, Georgia Power will be partnering with Technical Women in Georgia (TWIG) to host a STEM Day celebration for Southern Company employees at the Georgia Power HQ from 10:00am-noon.
“We are excited to partner with Technical Women in Georgia (TWIG) at Georgia Power’s STEM Day for employees and their families. STEM has an outsized impact in Georgia, supporting 61 percent of jobs, 71 percent of economic output, and 66 percent of the state’s Gross Domestic Product.” said Manager of Energy Efficiency Education, Lisa Olens.
On a national level, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects more than 1,000,000 STEM jobs will have been added, representing nearly 11% growth compared to less than 8% for all other industries throughout the 2020s.
Olens continued “In addition to delivering STEM-based energy and energy efficiency lessons, Georgia Power’s Learning Power team promotes STEM career pathways to over 100,000 students each year. Our goal is to increase awareness of STEM career opportunities to educators, students and their families and inspire today’s students to become Georgia’s STEM workers of tomorrow.”
Since kicking off in 2011, Learning Power has partnered with educators across the state of Georgia. Twenty statewide Education Coordinators deliver hands-on, STEM-based energy and energy efficiency lessons at all grade levels, Pre-K through high school. Aligned with the Georgia Standards of Excellence in science and math, interactive labs and creative class activities “amp-up” STEM learning and career exploration.