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Sandy Springs Education Force Supports Free STEAM Clubs at Spalding Drive Elementary School

What offers the chance to learn new things, the ability to experience a field that may relate to a STEM career path and the opportunity to see students’ faces light up and engage enthusiastically with new experiences?

That would describe the Sandy Springs Education Force supported after-school STEAM clubs at Spalding Drive Elementary. Students have the opportunity to join either Art, Robotics, Drone or Photography Club free of charge as a result of an SSEF STEAM Legacy Grant. Teacher Giuliana Sargent, Drone Club Leader and STEAM Club Facilitator, notes, “Spalding Drive is grateful to SSEF for giving our students the opportunity to engage in fun STEAM-related activities that they may not have had the opportunity to do otherwise.”

All four clubs are popular, with 48 students participating.

Clearly, Spalding Drive students embrace the technology, engineering and art elements of STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math) in their clubs. What do students like best about their chosen club? Odalys, a 5th grader (pictured left), commented, “I love Art Club because it is a time where we can learn more about art. I love how it gives me the ability to be creative. It is also fun and educational for people that want to be artists! The rainbow key chains have been my favorite thing we have made so far because we got to try new things like sewing.”


Miles, another 5th-grade student (pictured right), explained, “I like Drone Club because flying drones is fun and I want to be able to fly a jet someday so this is giving me good practice!” Ms. Sargent summed it up, “My favorite part about facilitating the Drone Club at our school is seeing the students’ faces light up when they see a drone for the first time. Many of them have no experience flying drones and to see their enthusiasm to learn and engage is incredible.”

Sponsors of our STEAM Showcase help make it possible for Sandy Springs Education Force to support this and other grants to our 11 public schools in the city. Would you like to contribute to help us support programs like this? Donate today HERE.

Be sure to mark your calendar to join us for the STEAM Showcase on March 11th, from 6-8 pm at North Springs High School, 7447 Roswell Rd NE, Sandy Springs, GA 30328.


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