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In an effort to boost Georgia students’ exposure to science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) courses, state officials welcomed 60 new Woodrow Wilson Fellows on Wednesday. The group will begin working in classrooms in the fall. 

Gov. Nathan Deal told the honorees at a ceremony that high quality teachers are the key to keeping kids in class and out of prison.

“Those individuals who are now costing the taxpayers of Georgia about $19,000 a year to keep them incarcerated, their most common characteristic is they dropped out of school,” Deal said.

‘’Yellow Jacket’’ is a robot designed to help children with motor skills disabilities.
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A Georgia Tech engineering professor has been hailed by Business Insider as one of the most important female engineers in the world and it’s easy to see why.

Ayanna Howard, a professor with Georgia Tech’s School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, is the mind behind the start-up Zyrobotics. Howard designed her small bot named "Yellow Jacket" for use in children’s therapy.

“We think of him as a child-size robot,” Howard said during an interview on “A Closer Look.”

Amadou Bah, a former student of Project ENGAGES and recent graduate of BEST Academy High School, and Qwantavious Stiggers, also a student of Project ENGAGES and BEST Academy, talk about what Project ENGAGES has done for them.
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There’s a big push underway at Georgia Tech to get more minority students into science, technology, engineering, and mathematics – the four subjects better known as the STEM fields.

Tech has partnered with three Atlanta public high schools with the goal of doing just that through a program called Project ENGAGES.