ATLANTA (April 27, 2016) - Georgia Aquarium is excited to celebrate Georgia STEM Day on Friday, May 6 in collaboration with TAG-Ed. This state-wide event is an engaging and interactive day for schools and companies to raise awareness and participate in activities that involve science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). Last year’s Georgia STEM Day attracted over 630,000 students from 50 different school districts throughout the state.

Georgia Aquarium team members will engage with guests and students by sharing how they utilize STEM in their work every day to care for our amazing animals and to keep the Aquarium operational. Guests will also hear from members of Georgia Aquarium, Georgia-Pacific, and TAG-Ed about the importance of STEM and education in the Aquarium’s Atrium. In addition, there will be STEM-related activities from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

“We are absolutely thrilled to be participating in Georgia STEM Day this year,” said Kristyn Tumbleson, director of education for Georgia Aquarium. “We are committed to educating students and helping them experience the wonders of the aquatic world. Georgia Aquarium is dedicated to the STEM initiative and recognizes the importance of engaging students inside and outside the classroom.”

Following these activities there will be an exclusive premiere of Georgia Aquarium’s free and online educational video series, STEAM Forward, which highlights various career paths at Georgia Aquarium and at the Aquarium’s partner, Georgia-Pacific. There will also be a question and answer session with those featured in the episode.

As part of the day’s activities, Georgia Aquarium will also be commemorating an important milestone: one million students educated at Georgia Aquarium since 2005. In 2015 alone, Georgia Aquarium welcomed more than 38,000 students through its Sponsored Education Admissions (SEA) program. This program is offered to Title I schools and non-profit organizations operating in Georgia, to visit the Aquarium for reduced or free admission. This program is made possible by charitable donations from corporations, foundations, and individuals.

Guests are encouraged to join the conversation on May 6 by using the hashtag #GASTEMDAY. Also follow Georgia Aquarium on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for updates and to follow along during Georgia Stem Day. 

Georgia STEM Day activities are included with general admission. To purchase your tickets or for more information, please visit georgiaaquarium.org.

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ABOUT GEORGIA AQUARIUM
Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that contains more than 10 million gallons of water and has the largest collection of aquatic animals. Georgia Aquarium’s mission is to be a scientific institution that entertains and educates, features exhibits and programs of the highest standards, and offers engaging and exciting guest experiences that promote the conservation of aquatic biodiversity throughout the world. Georgia Aquarium is an accredited member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums and the Alliance of Marine Mammal Parks and Aquariums. For additional information, visit www.georgiaaquarium.org