STEM camp helps jump
start kids' imaginations
and teaches them to
think outside the box.
When they realize that
math, engineering and
science can be "fun,"
students become more
receptive to learning
of study these subjects
“STEM,” said Attallaka, “is the integration of science, technology, engineering
and math into all the other disciplines. It’s a culture, a way of reasoning. STEM is
adding that additional component to education to make the kids think, to explore and
investigate on their own.”
Attallaka has always been on the cutting edge of positive change. “I was the first
black drum major in Toombs County after integration” (1987-1988). She was in the first
class of graduating seniors from Toombs County High School (formerly known as Lyons
Senior High School). Attallaka is also the first African-American to hold a district-level
position as the Toombs County School System's STEM coordinator.
But teaching wasn't Attallaka's initial goal. After high school, she went to Georgia
Southern University where she graduated with an undergraduate degree in printing
management. She then moved to Milwaukee, Wisconsin, to take a position with Quad
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