Science & Engineering Fairs

Some of Today's Brightest Students

Jackson EMC is a major sponsor of the Gwinnett County and Northeast Georgia Regional Science & Engineering Fairs (RSEF). As an engineering-driven organization, we sponsor these fairs to reach thousands of students in our service territory, promoting careers in engineering, information technology, and electricity.

The RSEF provides thousands of middle and high school students with an opportunity to compete for money, awards and prizes. At the fairs, projects are judged by educators, engineers and scientists who look for an attractive and functional presentation. Judges also consider the basic understanding the students have of their research and how their project might be used to solve real-world problems.

This pre-college program allows students to flourish in an increasingly complex and highly technical world by becoming critical thinkers and reflective learners. Ultimately, they’ll develop the skills they need to graduate and become some of the most productive and influential members of their communities.

Jackson EMC sponsors students and their projects at the regional levels which provide opportunities to reach Georgia and International Science & Engineering Fair affiliations, the premier global science competitions for students in grades 6-12.

Jackson EMC employees at the Science & Engineering Fair
Daniel Phillips and Sheconda Benton of Jackson EMC talk with kids about careers in STEM.

2016 Northeast Georgia Regional Science & Engineering Fair​

Nearly 100 middle and high school students participated in the annual Northeast Georgia Regional Science and Engineering Fair on January 29, 2016 at Athens Technical College.  The 74 projects represented the hard work and dedication of students from 15 schools and eight different school systems.

At the awards ceremony, fifteen projects earned Bronze Medals, sixteen earned Silver Medals, and sixteen earned Gold Medals. Jackson EMC, along with Hart EMC and Rayle EMC, also presented Pinnacle Awards in both the Senior and Junior divisions.  Claire Eiteman, Xiaoyao Gao, and Kelton McConnell, Oconee High School, won in the Senior Division, while Braeden Zeigler, West Jackson Middle School, won in the Junior Division. 

All Gold Medal projects have advanced to the Georgia Science and Engineering Fair (GSEF), which will take place in Athens, Ga from March 31-April 2, 2016.  Registration fees for projects advancing to GSEF were graciously paid by contributions from the EMCs.

Congratulations to all participants and winners!

Linemen from Jackson EMC doing a safety demonstartion for kids at the Northeast Georgia Regional Science & Engineering Fair.
Linemen from Jackson EMC doing a safety demonstration for kids at the Northeast Georgia Regional Science & Engineering Fair

2016 Gwinnett County Regional Science & Engineering Fair

On February 26th, 2016, Gwinnett County Public Schools hosted its 38th annual Science, Engineering + Innovation Fair to celebrate academic success and promote interest in the STEM fields.

More than 800 middle and high school students representing 90 public and private schools from Gwinnett County, the Gwinnett Regional Science, Engineering + Innovation Fair is one of the largest fairs in Georgia. This year’s fair was one of the best in recent memory, including two awards ceremonies that attracted over 3000 parents, students, and community members.

Members of the science and engineering community, including employees from Jackson EMC, came together to judge more than 600 projects featuring the work of approximately 800 K-12 students. This year, the GSEF featured an Innovation in Action Expo, a new event which allowed students to pitch science and technology based ideas to a panel of community business leaders. 

The top three projects at the fair were awarded the Grand Prize and advanced to the Georgia Science, and Engineering Fair (GSEF) in Athens, Ga and the Intel International Science & Engineering Fair (ISEF) in Phoenix, Az. These projects were completed by Simran Modi, Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science and Technology (GSMST); Ryan Hann, Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science and Technology (GSMST) and Matthew Kim, Mountain View High School, who received the Pinnacle award sponsored by Jackson EMC. 

For more information about the GwRSEF, contact Jonathon Wetherington, Director of Science, Gwinnett County Public Schools, at

Booths at the Gwinnett Science, Engineering + Innovation Fair

Congratulations to all participants and award winners representing northeast Georgia!