Brookwood Elementary School in Dalton City Schools was the 12th Georgia school to be STEM Certified by the Georgia Department of Education. The school’s focus on environmental sustainability serves students well as they collaborate with Dalton State College to trap and release turtles in a local pond. Release occurs after the turtles have been weighed, marked, and sexed and that data recorded during an on-going research study conducted by 4th graders. First graders work collaboratively with the Tennessee Aquarium and the University of Georgia on a Monarch butterfly research study to track migration and count parasites on butterfly scales under the microscope. The entire school participates in the maintenance of a year-round garden where local agricultural engineers monitor and support the research projects conducted by all students. Shaw Industries, United Way, Keep Dalton Beautiful, and others also partner with each grade level to help create regularly occurring STEM integrated stations where students rotate from one teacher to another with environmental sustainability being the cornerstone for lessons.