Annual STEAM Showcase Attracts 1,600 Sandy Springs Students

SANDY SPRING, GA — Sandy Springs Education Force recently held its eighth annual STEAM Showcase at North Springs Charter High School. SSEF hosted more than 1,600 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 and the opportunity to learn about how science, technology and the arts affect our everyday lives. Highlights included: news station WSB-TV showcasing its newsgathering drones, students experimenting with Emory Saint Joseph’s Hospital’s DaVinci Robotic System and participants learning about diagnostic touchscreen PCs and in-vehicle telematric 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 schools.

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SSEF supports robotics programs at Ison Springs, Spalding Drive and Heards Ferry Elementary schools and STEM, engineering and First Lego League programs at Lake Forest Elementary, Ridgeview Middle School and Woodland Elementary schools.

Four participants who donated to SSEF’s STEAM Showcase campaign were given the chance to receive 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 and Woodland elementary schools each won $1,000 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.

To learn more about Sandy Springs Education Force and the annual STEAM Showcase, visit

Photo 1: Students learn about the science of diagnostic touchscreen PCs and in-vehicle telematrics from Provost sponsor, Mercedes-Benz.

Photo 2: Students practice surgical robotic technology at Master sponsor, Emory Saint Joseph’s Hospital’s DaVinci Robot exhibit.

Photo 3: Student exploring coding at Master sponsor State Farm’s exhibit.

Photo 4: Students learn about three-dimensional printing at Bachelor sponsor, Mercer University’s exhibit.

Photo 5: Student exploring the combination of technology and the arts at Bachelor sponsor, Wacom exhibit.

Photo 6: iTeach exhibit from Kennesaw State University engages participants.

Photo 7: Ridgeview Middle School students showcase technology they explore in SSEF-sponsored programs.

Photo 8: Spalding Drive Elementary School students display their straw egg drop project, a program sponsored by SSEF.

Images via Sandy Springs Education Force

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