Investing in Young Engineering Minds through Robotics

Jackson EMC Gwinnett District Distribution Engineer Craig Roberts and GSMST Principal Dr. Jeff Matthews looks on as members of the RoboDragons prepare their robot for upcoming competitions

The Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science and Technology’s (GSMST) robotics program provides Jackson EMC with the opportunity to build a long-term, mutually beneficial relationship. 

“We see this as an investment in the future workforce of Gwinnett and Northeast Georgia,” says Dellinger.  “Hopefully some of these students come back home after completing their educational endeavors and become the next generation of engineers at technology-driven companies like Jackson EMC. Robotics research and technology also helps our country maintain a competitive advantage into the next century.”

“Programs require the support of the community to succeed, and that’s where Jackson EMC comes in,” said Ray Parsons, GSMST teacher and robotics club instructor.  “Through guidance and instruction, we see these bright young people turn their concepts into reality.  It’s as close to real-world engineering as a student can get.” 

Volunteer professionals like Jackson EMC Gwinnett District Distribution Engineer Craig Roberts lend their time and expertise as judges and mentors for robotics and technology competitions throughout the year. 

“Robotics clubs like GSMST’s RoboDragons provide a creative and competitive outlet for students who are some of the area’s best and brightest in science and math,” Roberts says.  “It’s not a traditional club or sport like football or soccer; it’s a sport for the mind, combining the excitement of team sports with science and technology.”

The Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science and Technology was founded in 2007, and is a charter high school, featuring class integration, with a focus on Mathematics, Science and Technology. The school’s highly successful robotics program has earned multiple state championships and a number of other awards and accolades in its short history.