Opened in 1995, the Magnolia Midlands Georgia Youth Science & Technology Center is a Regional Center for GYSTC, Inc. which is a private, not-for-profit educational organization designed to increase interest in and enthusiasm for science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) for serious study, particularly among elementary and middle school teachers, students and parents in typically underserved areas in the state. Magnolia Midlands GYSTC is located at East Georgia College in Swainsboro, Georgia. Among the many educational programs they offer elementary and middle school teachers and students, some favorites include the STARLAB Planetarium and Family STEM Nights. The Center also provides a variety of professional development programs, STEM kits for K-8 teachers and students, in-class activities, and summer camps.
Mission of GYSTC:
The Georgia Youth Science and Technology Centers, Inc. provides quality programs for teachers of STEM subjects that improve the teaching and learning process at the kindergarten through eighth grade levels. We present programs that change students’ perceptions and inspire an appreciation for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics subjects.
Goals of GYSTC:
GYSTC focuses on four main goals aimed at enhancing teaching and learning in the STEM disciplines:
- Promoting interest and enthusiasm for STEM subjects;
- Encouraging students to enter STEM fields;
- Improving the teaching-learning process by enhancing teaching methods and content knowledge; and
- Providing more and better-qualified employees for our state’s industries.