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SSEF Wins STEM Education Award

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The STEM Education Awards of Georgia celebrates efforts in promoting and supporting science, technology, engineering and math education.
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SSEF Wins STEM Education Award

Photo: From left to right, Ross Perloe, SSEF board member; Kathy Shapiro, SSEF vice chair; Mindy DiSalvo, GTRI Information and Communication Laboratory; Irene Schweiger, SSEF executive director; Leigh McCook, principal research associate, GTRI Information and Communication Laboratory; Lorie Lewis, SSEF chair; Brooke Perez, SSEF Board member; Michael Robertson, TAG Education Collaborative executive director. Credit: Sandy Springs Education Force

For the second year in a row, the Sandy Springs Education Force has been selected as a winner at the annual STEM Education Awards of Georgia.

Sponsored by The Technology Association of Georgia and the TAG Education Collaborative, SSEF’s award was presented on Friday in a special ceremony held in Atlanta.

Now in its fourth year, the award celebrates schools, extracurricular programs, public-private partnerships, science agencies and post-secondary education outreach programs for efforts in supporting and promoting science, technology, engineering and math education throughout the state.

A crowd of more than 300 members of the technology and education community were on hand at the event, which was sponsored by Georgia Tech Research Institute, Cisco and Promethean.

“It was truly a challenge to choose from among the many applicants from around Georgia,” said Tino Mantella, president & CEO of TAG. “We applaud this year’s winners for standing out as leaders in Georgia’s educational community.”

SSEF and program partner Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI), won in the Extracurricular Program category for its Fifth Annual STEM Event in March 2015, impacting over 2000 students.

Focusing on communication technology, the event took place at North Springs Charter High School where almost 900 students viewed over 20 STEM exhibits.

That evening, 300 community and business leaders experienced the exhibitions and participated in a special presentation featuring noted speakers. The STEM initiative also included outreach STEM events, field trips and programs, as well as an annual STEM grant program offered to Sandy Springs schools for ongoing after-school STEM clubs and programs.“We are truly honored to receive this award,” said Lorie Lewis, SSEF board chair and four-time STEM Event Chair. “Our Board and our GTRI partners work year-round to bring this unique experience to our Sandy Springs students to inspire them to pursue STEM education and careers.The Sandy Springs Education Force is the city’s leading educational organization dedicated to inspiring and supporting all of the city’s public school students to graduate and pursue productive lives beyond high school by providing educational and enrichment programs through community collaboratives. For more information, visit the organization’s website.

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