Georgia STEM’s Mission

Georgia STEM is a 501c3 non-profit dedicated to the ubiquitous advancement of STEM conceptual understandings for students of all ages, educators, parents and community members in Georgia. Our mission is funded from donations, grants, cooperative agreements and sale of STEM kits and supplies.  Partnerships with the Athens Clarke County Library System, Madison County School System and other civic organizations make it possible to provide STEM labs and experiences.  All donations are tax-deductible. To donate please click here or on the Donation Icon below. You can also check out our Catalog of STEM kits and Supplies. All proceeds go directly to providing STEM experiences.  Even the smallest amounts can help.

Individual Sponsor $ 1 provides enough money for 1 child to receive 9 summer labs

Bronze Sponsor $10 buys a new Solar kit to add to our exploration outreach project.

Silver Sponsor $100 gets a listing on our SPONSORS page

Gold Sponsor $500 Listing on our SPONSORS page, back of the Georgia STEM t-shirt & a link to your organization on the margin of all Webpages.  

Georgia STEM Leaders

400101_4997652380876_715351367_nDirector of Curriculum and Instruction, Kelly Cassidy, has a background in cancer research and providing instruction to all ages pre-K through college level.  Kelly works with the summer reading theme to develop lessons and printables for IMG_8914kids. Kelly also contributes regular articles to Georgia STEM and provides tutorials and training sessions for teachers.
She teaches science at the high school level while working on her doctorate in Instructional Technology at Kennesaw State University. She is an avid reader and photographer, enjoys camping, kayaking and swimming and creating and collecting Ecological Artwork.   



Children’s LitIMG_8922erary SpecialistJennifer Fisher, the Madison County Library Director and former Children’s Librarian plans and delivers critical literary programs which connect to the STEM concepts.  IMG_8920She visits preschools and elementary schools in the area to promote the library and the STEM collaborative.
Jennifer is instrumental in the community outreach and making sure that all students are being served bridging the digital divide. It isn’t unusual to see her dressed up as a “Fox in Socks” or the “Cat in the Hat” or even a “Super Hero”. You can keep up with her ambitious reading goals and reviews on Goodreads!




IMG_8912Animal and Critter Coordinator, John Cassidy, who is on faculty at
the  UGA Vet school,  brings his knowledge of critters and the Veterinary profession. He participates and leads summer sessions at the area libraries and visits area elementary schools to IMG_8915demonstrate and promote STEM careers with animals.
His love of everything nature related and naturalistic point of view is critical to reaching all students.  When he is not coaching one of the numerous sports his 3 sons play, you can find him casting a line somewhere, in a duck blind or in the stands cheering on the Georgia Bulldog Football team.




Art Integration Specialist  6760900_origAs Georgia STEM moves towards STEAM education, it was only natural to recruit artists to help with this endeavor. McKenzie Smith brings her artistic talents to the team.  McKenzie’s resume also includes teaching classes for the surrounding community and providing painting parties.  She utilizes her degree in marketing as a consultant for several companies and works on art installations all while being a mom. Check out the gallery on her webpage for samples of McKenzie’s work.  Want to have a birthday party and make art with science?  Use the contact page to make inquires about painting party or to have the Georgia STEM team visit to help your school integrate the arts and STEM concepts. McKenzie spend most of her time chasing after 2 very active little boys while completing volunteer work and art installations.




Other Georgia STEM Contributors and Supporters

IMG_8910Science Specialist, Dr. Andy Felt, initiator of the MCHS STEM program, enlightens kids with exploding chemicals and fun reactions. He currently teaches at the High School level, is the Director at Foothills Education Charter High School and
Adjunct Professor at Piedmont College.   Andy IMG_8909enjoys a good game of chess and is a master of Periodic Table Battleship. Sometimes he has been mistaken for a Super Hero teacher who haunts the halls of MCHS on a scooter wearing a cape.  There is no proof that he is the infamous “Science Man” but they have never been seen in the same place at the same time!




Other instructors are sometimes included as guests to enhance the program. Would you like to present a program?  Would you like to request a training session for your teachers? If you would like more information about the opportunities available participate in our outreach program or to request a program, click on the the contact page and one of us will contact you!

Thank you for visiting and remember:

Curiosity is the Beginning of Wisdom

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