Ten years ago, Georgia established a professional development program designed to increase the skills of current teachers and encourage high school students to take challenging math and science courses.

Known as Georgia Industrial Fellowships for Teachers (GIFT), the program matches teachers with companies in the state for summertime fellowships of approximately six weeks. Through these fellowships, teachers work side-by-side with scientists and researchers on real-world projects. This adds another dimension to their knowledge about science and mathematics. With this knowledge, teachers are better able to relate classroom lessons to real-world impacts for their students during


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