On May 24, 2016, Regional Coordinator of Magnolia Midlands GYSTC Erin Youmans presented the MMGYSTC Honey Bee Grant Project at the Georgia Power Environmental Laboratory in Smyrna. This project, in partnership with East Georgia State College, will allow the honey bees of EGSC’s Bobcat Apiary to be the focal point of MMGYSTC’s Family Nights around the area.
Youmans presented her vision of addressing a real world problem--the loss of the honey bees--in conjunction with helping students see a connection with other STEM related fields. By raising awareness, interest, and concern for honey bees, MMGYSTC hopes that students’ perceptions will change and will inspire an appreciation that will be crucial among our students as we consider the economic impact that honey bees have for now and for the future.
After presenting, Youmans was awarded first place for developing an innovative approach to addressing a real world problem and an additional $3,000 for the project.
Magnolia Midlands GYSTC is one of eight regional centers across the state. GYSTC, Inc. was founded in 1989 and is a private, not-for-profit educational organization designed to increase interest in and enthusiasm for science, technology, engineering and mathematics as subjects for serious study, particularly among elementary and middle school teachers, students and parents in typically underserved areas in the state. GYSTC, Inc. is operated by Kennesaw State University.