Dekalb Agriculture Technology and Environment, Inc.


S.T.E.A.M. is an acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math education.
We believe:

  • The skills and knowledge in each discipline are essential for student success
  • These fields are deeply intertwined in the real world and in how students learn most effectively
  • STEAM is an interdisciplinary and applied approach that is coupled with hands-on, problem-based learning

What Happened to STEAM?

  • Arts ≠ Crafts
  • Arts = Design & Creativity
  • STEAM engages both hemispheres of the brain with open-ended creative activities
  • Arts and STEM are not at odds. Just ask astronaut Mae Jemison!

Maker Space & Technology Lab

Our media center has a maker space for tinkering and making and a 3D Printer
  • 1:1 Technology
  • K-4 Google Chromebooks
  • 5-6 Window Laptops
  • 7-8 Macbooks
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S.T.E.A.M. Teams

S.T.E.A.M. Teams is our partner in delivering S.T.E.A.M. programs and pathways to our students.

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S.T.E.A.M. Bus

The S.T.E.A.M. Bus comes to your location to provide a “hands on” learning expedition field trip. Students will be able to step into a (mobile lab school bus) world of exploration and discovery, while understanding various concepts of S.T.E.A.M. Our students at the Academy will guide your children into a unique world of technology turbulence and enhance their creative imagination and artistic ability around science.

To make arrangements for the S.T.E.A.M Bus to visit your location, please call 678.999.9290, or contact Nanette Shillingford at

  • 24-foot Bus
  • 11 Hands-on Learning Stations
  • Interactive Smart Boards
  • Wireless Internet Access
  • Advanced Stereo Sound
  • Laboratory Equipment: Microscopes – Exotic Animals – 3-D Engineering Blocks – Master Tools
  • Reaching >6,000 Students Annually
  • Serving Greater Atlanta
  • Earth & Space Science
  • Weather & Climate
  • Land & Marine Ecosystems
  • Motion & Sound
  • Art Expression & Discovery

Professional Learning:

  • Research and provide professional development opportunities for primary teachers in S.T.E.A.M. education, so that educators have the resources and skills they need to provide S.T.E.A.M. experiences to Primary Grades

S.T.E.A.M. Support of Curriculum:

  • Research and develop primary grades S.T.E.A.M. Lessons and units aligned with GDOE and National Science Standards to provide S.T.E.A.M. education, targeting primary students in grades Pre-k- 2 grades.

Partnerships and Community Awareness:

  • Increase awareness of S.T.E.A.M. education through communication and collaboration with the local community.
  • Establish and maintain partnerships with S.T.E.A.M. businesses, industries and higher education to provide S.T.E.A.M. opportunities for teachers and students.

S.T.E.A.M. Opportunities for all Students:

  • Increase S.T.E.A.M. experiences and support curricular and after-school S.T.E.A.M. opportunities for students.
  • Dark
  • Distant Worlds Alien Life
  • Dark Matter Mystery
  • From Earth to the Universe
  • Flight Adventures
  • Hot and Energetic Universe
  • IBEX
  • New Horizons for a Little Planet
  • NASA Journey to Mars
  • Saturn Ring World
  • Two Small Pieces of Glass
  • Seeing
  • Sunstruck
  • The Incredible Sun
  • Mayan Archaeoastronomy
  • Phantom of the Universe
  • Out There
  • Milky Way
  • Losing the Dark

Environmental Science

Environmental Science is the study of interrelationships between human activities and the environment. Environmental Science is an unusual academic discipline It requires scientific knowledge about the natural world, as well as an understanding about ways in which humans interact with the natural world.


When studying environmental science, one must examine the effects of which human actions have on our environment. Various policies, regulations, and decisions may influence human actions. In addition, human behavior, cultural, and sociological interactions may also affect the environment. Thus, the environmental science department is truly interdisciplinary and exemplifies the liberal arts approach to education. The approach to learning is designed to empower students and prepare them to deal with complexity, diversity, and change. Students will gain a broad knowledge of sustainability and the wider world (e.g., science, culture, and society). Scholars will develop a sense of social responsibility, communication skills, analytical and problem solving skills that will prepare them to demonstrate their ability to apply knowledge and skills in real-world settings.


The primary target group is eight grade. Each year students will build on information learned in previous grade level classes.

Areas of Concentration

  • Human Health
  • Architecture and Environmental Design
  • Ecology and Biodiversity
  • Food, Agriculture and Nutrition
  • Climate
  • Agroecology Farming
  • Business, Law and Policy

Chicken Coop Component

Agricultural Science focusing on the Chicken Coop (ecosystem 1) (rooster, hen, goats, and cow) will foster a deeper understanding of how to create composting; maintain animals and understand their function through animal husbandry while gaining an in depth appreciation for the value of economic sustainability.



Students’ will cultivate the ground flooring in the coop to produce a minimum of 100lbs of composting that will lead to the Outdoor Garden (ecosystem 2). This action will be a continuous annual cycle that incorporates the concept of “zero waste”. The animals will contribute through both physical work and providing protein to the compost. Students will become poultry farmers. Students will monitor the 21 day process of fertilized eggs in an incubator and observe the hatching of baby chicks. Students will learn the anatomy of all campus animals and become familiar with various breeds of chicken, goat, and cow.



Students in:
Grade K -2 will be introduced to agricultural science and gain an understanding of the vocabulary used in application.
Grades 3-5 will become 75% proficient in the ingredients needed to produce “ Black Gold” compost; animal husbandry [maintenance/ wellness check of all species of animal in the coop (chickens, goat, and cow)]; and the understanding of sustainability. Grades 6-8 will become 95% proficient in creating and maintaining the composting cycle, understand how to calculate the volume needed to providing sufficient compost to fill all raised grow beds in the Outdoor Garden (ecosystem 2) raised grow beds; understanding of proper animal husbandry, and proper plants that provide organic repellent to deter insects or other pest from approaching or settling around the chicken coop.

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Agricultural Ecosystems



Agricultural Science focusing on the Outdoor Garden (ecosystem 2) fostering a deeper understanding of growing organic produce conventional and understanding the value of economic sustainability. Developing a system of collecting rainwater, greywater; prevent erosion while promoting environmental awareness. Students will learn the importance of local food and agriculture and educate the public about food production and become a model for other school gardens in the district.



Students’ will grow food to feed livestock and the community as a whole, and improve the soil with compost. Students will maintain data results of soil testing and compost transportation from Chicken Coop (ecosystem 1). Students will learn to harvest rainwater and gain a broader understanding of how microorganisms positively and adversely affect the soil quality. Students will understand the concept of “zero waste” and economic sustainability. Students will calculate days to germinate and days to harvest. Students will identify plants and vegetables that thrive best in the Georgia regions during various seasons. Students will grow and understand items needed to make their lunch ( i.e. strawberry jelly, peanuts, lettuce, tomato, cucumber)



Students in:
Grade K -2 will be introduced to agricultural science and gain an understanding of the vocabulary used in application; understand the process of germination and how to transport germinated seed from Aquaponics System (ecosystem 3); become 75% proficient in tiling and aeration of the soil.
Grades 3-5 will become 75% proficient in testing and maintaining healthy soil; identifying pest/disease problems;transporting compost; calculating volume; seasonal planting schedules;
Grades 6-8 will become 95% proficient in testing and maintaining healthy soil; identifying pest/disease problems;transporting compost; calculating volume; seasonal planting schedules;

All students will understand that the climate and traditions of their local community can and should matter when it comes to growing food.
Classroom integration may include, but not limited to:
Science – SW make predictions and conduct various experiments in the gardening

Math – SW plot the dimensions of the garden
Social Studies – SW learn about the history and politics of food access


Environmental Science Curriculum Designed and Developed by Nanette Shillingford

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Organic Garden Ecosystem



Agricultural Science focusing on the Aquaponics System (ecosystem 3) all grade level will gain an extensive understanding of: the nitrogen cycle; how fish, plants and bacteria depend on each other in and aquaponics system; the impact of aquaponics on the future; benefits and weaknesses; water quality of aquaponics, design of aquaponics units



Students’ will implement the engineering design process to create a prototype model of the existing aquaponics system located in our greenhouse. Students will routinely weigh the fish to track their growth; take water samples to determine the pH, nitrite, nitrate, ammonia, carbon,and phosphate levels, in addition to the temperature of the system to determine and maintain balance of the system. Students will maintain an excel spreadsheet collecting data for analysis of the aquaponics system. Students will create QR codes including information about all plants, equipment, and science incorporated into the greenhouse and aquaponics system daily. Students’ will use the aquaponics system to experiment and discover unlimited possibilities of growing organic plants and vegetables in the system.



Students in:
Grade K -2 will be introduced to aquaponics and gain an understanding of the vocabulary used in application. They will be 95% proficient with germinating seed in the NFT grow bed, the proper way to sanitize hydroton and net cups for recycling purposes, and a basic understanding of the nitrogen cycle as it relates to how the plants in the system receive their nutrients; and the understanding of sustainability.
Grades 3-5 will become 95% proficient in understanding of the function and purpose for two specific bacteria (nitrosomonas and nitrobacter) that reside in the water of the aquaponics system; in depth understanding of the nitrogen cycle and the plants that thrive in the system; and the understanding of sustainability.
Grades 6-8 will become 95% proficient with the engineering design of the physical unit that will enable them to create and build a functioning prototype model of the system including tanks, grow beds, fish, plants,pumps, aerators, and valves.


Environmental Science Curriculum Designed and Developed by Nanette Shillingford

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Aquaponics System Component



Our planetarium is a theater built to show educational and entertaining presentations about astronomy and the night sky. This planetariums is the large dome-shaped screen onto which images of stars, planets and other celestial objects can be shown and made to move to show the ‘motions of the heavens. The celestial scenes can be created using many different technologies. These include ‘star balls’ that combine optical and electro-mechanical technology, slide projector, video, full dome projector systems, and lasers. We have several themes for students to explore and a great tool for teachers to expound on classroom lessons below. Come visit the academy and explore our galaxy.

For more information and prices on tours contact the school at 678.999.9290.