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IMG_7343.JPGEmory University's  Department of Neuroscience presented "Build a Brain" to students during our fall magnet night. This exciting new partnership is one of many facilitated by last year's new STEAM Coordinator Travis Chapman.  See all our partners below.


Q&A with Mr. Chapman . . .  

What is ​S.T.E.A.M?   

S.T.E.A.M. is a tool that marries the Arts to STEM - or Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.  STEAM education incorporates the “A” for the arts, recognizing that to be successful in technical fields, individuals must also be creative and use critical thinking skills which are best developed through exposure to the arts.  In addition, the Arts stimulates the right-side of brain.  The function of the right-side of the brain ranges from holistic thoughts to intuition to creativity to spatial abilities.  employers are seeking individuals that can think outside of the box alongside their STEM-related skills.

Why is S.T.E.A.M. important?

In public education, “21st Century Teaching and Learning” has become the mantra that unifies creativity, collaboration, communication, and critical thinking. The 4 C’s, as we call them, are keys to preparing students in becoming College and Career Ready and STEAM incorporates these key components.

What does this mean for North Springs students?

We  want to ensure that North Springs High School students are graduating with the capacity to compete in a Global Workforce? The “Picking Up S.T.E.A.M.” initiative will assist in transforming classrooms in becoming more inquiry based and project based as teachers reach across disciplines in order to collaborate with each other while developing interdisciplinary units. As we build viable curriculum that integrates multiple disciplines including the Arts, we create a holistic learning climate and culture. 

What have you done so far?

  • Established our STEAM Advisory Board; working with them to support our "Picking Up STEAM" Initiative
  • Identified and developed educational  partnerships and business alliances
  • Visited 2 STEAM focused high schools to see STEAM in action
  • Ongoing coordination of vertical STEAMING with feeder elementary schools and Sandy Springs Middle School
  • Currently collaborating with SSEF on STEAM Showcase in March, identifying exhibitors and sponsors for this exciting interactive event for our students and the Sandy Springs community


​Business Alliances and Corporate Sponsors

 We are proud to recognize these STEAM Partnerships and thank them for their support!


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more about​ MASTERMIND!

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SAVE the DATE - March 14, 2018 


North Springs will host the 8th annual STEAM Showcase with partner SSEF (Sandy Springs Education Force) for NSCHS students during the day; and our feeder schools and the community during a special evening event that night. Don't miss it!


In 2016-17 Travis Chapman served as North Springs' STEAM coordinator thanks to a 1 year Seed Fund Grant from the FCS Foundation - a grant our School Governance Council applied for and successfully won. In 2017-18 Mr. Chapman is serving as our Science Instructional Coach thanks to another winning Seed Fund Grant proposal.


Travis Chapman, is an experienced educator with 19 years in public education.  He has been a high school Assistant Principal supervising the science department and a S.T.E.M. Academy middle and high school science teacher, science department chair, curriculum team leader, field scientist intern, coach, motivational speaker and author.  He holds a Bachelor's in Environmental Science, a Master's in Science Education and is a graduate of the Kenan Fellows Program for Curriculum Development and STEM Certification at North Carolina State University.


His work with closing the achievement gap for at-risk 9th graders has been featured in Atlanta Magazine, as well as on GCPS TV.  He is currently working on his doctorate degree in Educational Psychology!



STEAM Advisory Board


Scott Hanson -Principal

Travis Chapman - STEAM Coordinator - School Goverance Council

Mulanta Wilkins - Assistant Principal - Math & Science

Carol Ciepluch - Public Relations Liaison - School Governance Council

Van Craven - Music Teacher

Lauren Dellaria - Visual Arts Teacher

Scott Grebb - Career Technical Ed Chair

Quinton Hunt - Science Teacher

James Landreau - Visual Performing Arts Chair and Magnet Co-Coordinator

Felicia Lewis - Magnet Co-Coordinator, College & Career Center Coordinator

Eric Smith - Social Studies Chair

Amanda Williams - Language Arts Chair

Meets monthly to create a shared vision, monitor the action plan, support the work of NSCHS, and visit STEAM-certified schools.  Must recommend to the Governance Council if NS should pursue  certification and if so, provide a plan.

logo Visiting Gwinnet School of Math, Science and Technology in September (above) and Drew Charter School in November.


 Magnet Night showcased STEAM



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