The College of Science and Mathematics, in collaboration with Bagwell College of Education established the A.T.O.M.S. Center to address the needs of Georgia's K-12 schools in Science and Mathematics. In Georgia, the teacher shortage problem is compounded by the reality that if all University System of Georgia teacher preparation institutions maintain their present level of production of new secondary science and mathematics teachers (678 in 2006), the state will be 85% short of meeting the projected need for 2013.
The A.T.O.M.S. Center focuses on the following areas:
The Center will also enhance faculty excellence by promoting scholarship and research efforts of all faculty members engaged in K-12 science and mathematics education. The Center will improve practicing teachers' overall effectiveness in the classroom and retain more teachers in the profession. Our professional development programs will enable teachers to show students how science and mathematics relate to the world around them as well as introduce students to the many professional career opportunities related to college degrees in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (S.T.E.M.) fields. Our intention is to: