Courtesy Carol Ciepluch
Last week, more than 600 North Springs students in math, science and health science classes attended the third annual STEM kick-off event at North Springs Charter High School.
The event is sponsored by Sandy Springs Education Force in partnership with the Georgia Tech Research Institute.
Emory neurosurgeon Dr. Tommy Thomas shared his life story with students of growing up in rural Alabama, and becoming a medical doctor and an MIT graduate with a Ph.D.
His grandmother, mother and aunt challenged him to strive for greatness and he challenged the students to do the same.
More than 300 guests attended the evening presentation hosted by WXIA-TV education reporter and former North Springs parent Donna Lowry.
Dr. Marlene Macleish, of Morehouse School of Medicine was honored for her work in supporting and initiating the SSEF STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) programs in Sandy Springs public schools.
Dr. Shean Phelps, former Army Green Beret and distinguished Fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians, was honored for his role, as Technical Director for Health Systems at Georgia Tech Research Institute, in coordinating the STEM event with SSEF.
Dr. Tommy Thomas presented the keynote address followed by a panel discussion with three Georiga Tech students. Guests also toured the interactive exhibits and talked with students about their research projects.