AutomationDirect Named STEM Education Awards Finalist

CD1409STEMAutomationDirectFinalistOtto1746cOn September 11, 2014, The Technology Association of Georgia (TAG), Georgia's leading association dedicated to the promotion and economic advancement of technology industry, announced AutomationDirect a Finalist in the Corporate Outreach category for the 2014 STEM Education Awards.

The Technology Association of Georgia's 3rd STEM Education Awards recognizes schools, programs, and companies for outstanding efforts and achievements in supporting and promoting STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Education in Georgia.

For the past nine years, AutomationDirect has funded local competition robotics teams in Forsyth County and surrounding school systems (the "Forsyth Alliance").

AutomationDirect's funding has been primarily used to provide exciting STEM activities to all students in Forsyth County by ensuring there is at least one competition robotics team in every school and tournaments to compete in.

Some schools now have over a dozen teams in multiple programs. Forsyth Alliance teams participate in local, state, national, and world competitions, including FIRST Lego League, FIRST Robotics, VEX, VEX IQ, BEST, Sea Perch and MATE.

Rick Folea, Senior Training Developer at AutomationDirect said the Alliance now supports over 100 teams in Forsyth County. He said the excitement of competition drives the students' desire to learn in the classroom.

"We have found there is no better way to get a young mind excited about STEM than to get them involved in a competition robotics program," he said.

This year's Finalists were chosen in 8 different categories:

•    Elementary School
•    Middle School
•    High School
•    Post Secondary Outreach
•    Extracurricular Program
•    STEM Certified School Outreach
•    Corporate Outreach
•    Best STEM Day Activity

Winners in each category will be officially honored at The 3rd Annual STEM Education Awards event held on September 26th at the SavannahCD1409STEMAutomationDirectFinalistRedTubes International Trade and Convention Center in Savannah, Georgia.  The event is presented by TAG, the TAG Education Collaborative (TAG-Ed), a non-profit 501c3 dedicated to advancing STEM education in Georgia, and TAG Savannah.

 "STEM occupations will increase in Georgia by more than 22,000 during the current decade," said Tino Mantella, president & CEO of TAG. "The finalists of this year's STEM Education Awards are helping to prepare the tech-ready workforce needed to fill these jobs and we applaud them for standing out as leaders in Georgia's educational community."

For more information about TAG and the 3rd Annual STEM Education Awards or to attend the event, visit