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A greater emphasis on jobs in the fields of science, technology, engineering, environmental education and mathematics, or STE3M areas, has forced curriculum changes across the United States.

Timothy Goodale, an assistant professor of education in the School of Education and Teacher Preparation at College of Coastal Georgia, says a study released this week showed that careers in STE3M fields have more than doubled compared to any other field. However, the majority of employees in these fields are foreign workers who return to their native land after studying in America, forcing the U.S. to outsource positions.

"Our students need to pursue degrees in these areas because however you look at it, there's not enough Americans getting these degrees. We want to encourage American students to get these degrees and stay here and contribute to the national workforce," Goodale said.

These shifting economic demands force many science and math teachers to teach concepts they have never touched upon before.

College of Coastal Georgia and Honeywell Hometown Solutions are partnering for the second year in a row to offer help to teachers in these fields.

"A year ago, mathematics changed with the Common Core Initiative, and just this April, science standards changed, called the Next Generation Science Standards," Goodale said. "There's new expectations for teachers in grades K through 12 that weren't there before, meaning they need to create new activities related to more real world experience and have applications for college and careers."

Goodale says 10 to 12 local science and math teachers will have an opportunity to learn new, interactive ways to incorporate new requirements in the classroom during workshops offered June 17 through 21. The day-long work sessions, free to participants, include ecological field trips, robotics, engineering and more.

"There will even be a tour and photo shoot of Cannon's Point, followed by a kayaking trip to Little St. Simons Island to explore beach and marsh biodiversity. The winning team of the photo identification competition will earn a field trip to Cannon's Point for their class," Goodale said.

That's not all that's being offered to teachers.

"Teachers who put forth the effort in giving us a week of summer will get a $750 stipend, and they will also get almost $700 worth of materials that they can take back to the classroom," Goodale said. "We want to make a real difference in these fields, and we're planning to follow up in the fall to see how things are going and what the teachers are actually using in the classroom."

Kindergarten through 12th grade teachers, both in and outside of Glynn County, interested in participating in the Honeywell Integrated STE3M Program, should contact Goodale via email or phone at or 279-5846 or Dr. Andrea Wallace, co-coordinator, at or 279-5931.

* Reporter Sarah Lundgren writes about education and other local topics. Contact her at, on Facebook or at 265-8320, ext. 322.

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