The Sandy Springs Education Force is hosting its third annual STEM event, open to students and the public, Feb. 6 at North Springs Charter High School.
STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. This year’s event focuses on health science and technology, and the force is a nonprofit promoting public schools in the city.
“We want to inspire [students],” said Irene Schweiger, the force’s executive director. “Those fields are where the careers of the 21st century lie. We want them to be viable members of our workforce.”
Georgia Tech students and researchers from the Georgia Tech Research Institute will present their recent research items.
About four of the institute’s eight labs will be represented at the event, according to Leigh Fitzpatrick McCook, principal research associate and division chief.
Some of the institute’s exhibits include work from the Sensors and Electromagnetic Applications Laboratory and the Interactive Media Technology Center.
The center’s exhibit will focus on telemedicine in conjunction with Belgium-based Cisco and The Marcus Autism Center in DeKalb County.
The technology in the exhibit is used by doctors, parents and schools.
“It helps with the early diagnosis of autism,” said McCook. “It also helps to serve underserved or rural areas of the state.”
McCook said the technology is a high-speed video conference unit, similar to Skype.
“We see this as an opportunity to form partnerships with school systems,” said McCook. “We like to see the impact it has on students through the years, to get them excited about the field.”
In addition, Dr. Tommy Thomas, a neurosurgeon at Emory University in DeKalb County, will speak at the event.
Georgia Tech students will host a panel, which WXIA-TV education reporter Donna Lowry will moderate.
North Springs senior Julia Abelsky will present research she has done at Georgia Tech this year regarding guiding light around an object to make it invisible.
Throughout the month, the force will take the event to all Sandy Springs public schools.
“We want to inspire students, but also show them what they have to do to get there,” said Schweiger.
If you go:
When: Feb. 6 from 6 to 8 p.m.
Where: North Springs Charter High School