Alexander II Magnet School in Macon received a special visit Thursday from the Superintendent of Public Schools.

MACON, Ga. (41NBC/WMGT) — Alexander II Magnet School in Macon received a special visit Thursday from the Superintendent of Public Schools.

Superintendent Richard Woods visited the school to connect with students and staff and speak to them about the importance of STEM education.

Woods said the focus on science, technology, engineering and math helps students develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills.

“STEM education, it enables higher critical thinking,” Woods said. “It’s something we want to make sure we have big thinkers as they move from elementary through high school and beyond.”

Alexander II is one of 79 STEM-certified schools in the state. The Georgia Department of Education recognized the school as STEM Certified in 2020.

“I think what we’ve found is that it’s a good education,” Woods said. “It’s definitely good teaching practice for us, which means we have to modify, we have to show that it’s important. I hope my presence here today elevates that and shows how important it is to me personally, but to us of course, the state.

Woods says he hopes more Bibb County schools will start teaching STEM education.