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8th Annual Sandy Springs Education Force STEAM Showcase

Our 8th annual STEAM Showcase, held at North Springs Charter High School on March 14th, was a huge success! We hosted over 1600 high school and middle school students during the day and over 800 community members and elementary school students at the public evening event.

As always, the showcase featured engaging, interactive exhibits and the opportunity to learn about how science, technology and the arts affect our everyday lives. Highlights included: WSB-TV showcasing their newsgathering drones, students experimenting with Emory Saint Joseph’s Hospital’s DaVinci Robotic System and participants learning about diagnostic touchscreen PCs and in-vehicle telematrics from Mercedes-Benz.

The popular annual event, with dozens of exhibits from local business and education leaders, is part of SSEF’s multi-faceted outreach program designed to challenge, inspire and support Sandy Springs public school students’ pursuit of STEAM education and careers. Sponsorships provide STEAM Legacy grants in Sandy Springs’ public schools, including drone clubs at both Dunwoody Springs Elementary and Sandy Springs Charter Middle School. SSEF supports robotics programs at Ison Springs, Spalding Drive and Heards Ferry Elementary schools and STEM, engineering and 1st Lego League programs at Lake Forest, Ridgeview Middle School and Woodland Elementary.

Four participants who donated to our STEAM Showcase campaign won a tablet or folio donated by Wacom. Winners chosen on Facebook Live included: Kim Schreier and Scott Busch, who will each receive a Bamboo Folio, Patti Grayson, who will receive an Intuos Draw and Kathy Shapiro, who will receive the Intuos Art.

In addition, Spalding Drive Elementary School and Woodland Elementary each won $1000 to use for a STEAM program or materials. Both elementary school had sign-in attendance at the evening showcase representing over 20% of their schools’ populations.

Provost sponsors for this year’s Showcase included Blue Bird Corporation, Google Fiber and Mercedes-Benz. In addition, Doctorate sponsors were Comcast, Cox Enterprises and Northside Hospital. We are pleased to have Atlanta Science Festival as our Program Partner.



Photos, from top, left:

  1. Students learn about the science of diagnostic touchscreen PCs and in-vehicle telematrics from Provost sponsor, Mercedes-Benz.
  2. Students practice surgical robotic technology at Master sponsor, Emory Saint Joseph’s Hospital’s DaVinci Robot exhibit.
  3. Student exploring the combination of technology and the arts at Bachelor sponsor, Wacom exhibit.
  4. Students learn about three-dimensional printing at Bachelor sponsor, Mercer University’s exhibit.
  5. Student exploring coding at Master sponsor State Farm’s exhibit.
  6. iTeach exhibit from Kennesaw State University engages participants in learning about coding.
  7. Spalding Drive Elementary School students display their straw egg drop project, a program sponsored by SSEF.
  8. Ridgeview Middle School students showcase technology they explore in SSEF-sponsored programs.

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