The Technology Association of Georgia has announced that the Sandy Springs Education Force and Mount Vernon Presbyterian School have been named finalists for the 2014 STEM Education Awards.

The awards recognize schools, programs and companies for outstanding efforts and achievements in supporting and promoting STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) education in Georgia.

Selected among 220 nominees, SSEF has been named a finalist for its work in partnership with the Georgia Tech Research Institute in presenting a comprehensive and community-wide STEM event. “Our partnership with GTRI has inspired countless students in Sandy Springs to consider a future career in STEM, and we are honored to share this recognition with them,” said SSEF Executive Director Irene Schweiger in a press release.

Mount Vernon was chosen as a finalist for its design thinking approach to learning. The school instituted the first, comprehensive K-12 design thinking program in Atlanta.