TAG Education Collaborative, Atlanta Science Festival, and HowStuffWorks Launch 4th Annual Middle School Web Design Competition


ATLANTA (January, 12 2016) –TAG Education Collaborative (TAG-Ed) is excited to announce its partnership with the Atlanta Science Festival and HowStuffWorks for the fourth annual Middle School WEBChallenge. This program is an expansion of TAG-Ed’s successful statewide high school web development competition.

This middle school competition is designed to engage students in the latest technology with hands-on design experience. Students will develop websites based on a pre-determined theme. The websites are judged on a variety of criteria such as functionality, design, content, and navigation. This program also works to recognize and reward educators who are advisors to the winning teams.

In collaboration with the Atlanta Science Festival and HowStuffWorks, the 2016 WEBChallenge theme is How Stuff Will Work– IN SPACE! This year, the competition invites students to design a website that identifies a problem and how they believe it will be addressed by using space technology.

Participation is open to all Georgia middle school students in grades 6-8.  Teams will consist of 2-4 students with one school approved adult advisor or school faculty member.  School organizations, private schools, and home schools are also eligible to register.

The TAG-Ed WEBChallenge has awarded over $225,000 in partial college scholarships to students. Funds for the scholarships are raised through donations from the technology community.

Registration for the middle school student competition is open to schools beginning January 4, 2016.  For more information, please visit, http://www.tagedonline.org/middle-school-webchallenge/ or contact Katie Dion at kdion@tagonline.org. To register a team and view the program guide visit,  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/middle-school-webchallenge-2016-tickets-19846251673

About TAG Education Collaborative

TAG Education Collaborative is dedicated to developing science, technology, engineering and math initiatives in Georgia. Through partnerships with statewide STEM programs, TAG-Ed fosters student interest in STEM in order to increase appreciation for the opportunities available through technology careers. For additional information, visit TAG Education Collaborative or contact Michael Robertson at (404) 920 – 2038 or mrobertson@tagonline.org.


About the Atlanta Science Festival

The Atlanta Science Festival is a weeklong celebration of local science and technology held March 19-26, 2016.  Scientists and educators from local schools, museums, and companies will uncover mysteries and explain discoveries in hands-on activities, facility tours, stimulating presentations, and riveting performances at venues across the city. Our mission is to celebrate the inherent integration of STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) in our lives today, share the impact they have on our community, and inspire us all to wonder about our future. The Festival is produced by a collaboration of science, cultural, and educational institutions, led by Emory University, Georgia Institute of Technology, and the Metro Atlanta Chamber. Curious? Learn more at http://atlantasciencefestival.org.


About HowStuffWorks

HowStuffWorks got its start in 1998 at a college professor’s kitchen table. From there, it quickly grew into an award-winning source of unbiased, easy-to-understand answers and explanations of how the world actually works. Today, its writers, editors, podcasters and video hosts share all the things they’re most excited to learn about with nearly 40 million visitors to the site each month. http://www.howstuffworks.com/


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