Stem Summit 2013, with hopes of creating buy in from numerous colleges, universities and local teachers, was held on the campuses of Georgia College and Central State Hospital Wednesday and Thursday.
Educators in STEM or science, technology, engineering and mathematics heard presentations from respected figures within these disciplines. The summit’s main message surrounded an organization’s plans to house a renowned analytical training laboratory in Milledgeville.
A former Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) laboratory director, Darrell Davis, wants the city to become a STEM education hub. With the Central State Hospital Local Redevelopment Authority’s (CSHLRA) help, Davis hopes to have the old Wilkes Building retrofitted for a laboratory program by next summer.
Davis retired from the DEA in August 2012 and approached the CSHLRA representing his Committee for Action Program Services (CAPS) non-profit. CAPS is a science and technology organization located in Cedar Hill, Texas. The primary objective of the organization is to provide professional development for k-12 science educators and encourage minority students to seek STEM career fields.
Since then, Davis started a new for-profit company called CAPS-Analytical Training Laboratory, LLC. He wants Central State to house a CAPS-ATL facility as part of the campus reuse efforts.