Sandy Springs Education Force (SSEF) held our 7th Annual STEAM Showcase at North Springs Charter High School. SSEF hosted a record number of 2000 high school and middle school students during the day and over 800 community members and elementary school students at the public evening event.
The showcase featured engaging, interactive exhibits, including a flyover from WSB-TV’s drone and an opportunity to try out Emory Saint Joseph’s Hospital’s Intuitive Robotic System. Participants interacted with Vizitech USA’s zSpace’s virtual reality desktop, experienced momentum by standing on a spinning turntable with Georgia Tech Research Institute and learned about technology engineered into today’s cutting-edge vehicles with Mercedes-Benz.
The popular annual event, with over 40 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 all 11 Sandy Springs public schools. For example, this year’s STEAM Legacy grants help support a brand new music studio at North Springs High School, a STEAM club for elementary school students at Riverwood High School and a drone club at Sandy Springs Charter Middle School.
Four participants who donated to SSEF’s STEAM Showcase campaign were given the chance to receive a tablet or folio donated by Wacom. Winners are: Elizabeth Hasler, Susan Muly, Linda Trickey and Debbie Mason. In addition, Spalding Drive Elementary School won a visit from the STE(A)M Truck, an interactive, in-school field trip worth $1500. The elementary school had sign-in attendance at the evening showcase representing 25% of their school’s population.
Top sponsors for this year’s Showcase include Comcast, City of Sandy Springs, Cox Enterprises, Mercedes-Benz and Northside Hospital. We are pleased to have Atlanta Science Festival as our Program Partner.