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Local school holds educational festival

LAWRENCEVILLE -- A local school is one of three facilities statewide to welcome exhibitors this weekend to a festival of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).

Exhibitors and students from nearly a dozen schools plan to converge on the Gwinnett School of Math, Science and Technology in Lawrenceville Friday and Saturday in a state-led effort to expose students to STEM-related curricula.

It's part of an inaugural festival pioneered by the Georgia Department of Education to "inspire Georgia's students to consider STEM disciplines that may be pursued."

Principal Jeff Mathews said the school is "proud to be a host of this festival. It's more than just a museum or festival; it's an engaging experience."

He said exhibitors have been "charged with making sure it's interactive."

Exhibitors at the event include Georgia Aquarium, LEGO Robotics, Valdosta State University, the Museum of Aviation/NASA, Texas Instruments, the Georgia Department of Education, Georgia State University Bio-Bus Program and Life Labs.

Friday is the first day of the festival, and those with an interest in the subject matter are welcome to attend from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.

According to Georgia STEM Festival's website: "The shortage of scientists and engineers in the United States provides an unprecedented opportunity to seize upon the workforce needs of Georgia and America's STEM pipeline via a Georgia STEM Festival public display of science, technology, engineering, and math event in which all educational stakeholders can participate."

For more information, visit www.georgiastemfestival.org.

The Gwinnett School of Math, Science and Technology is located at 970 McElvaney Lane.