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). Being an engineering-driven organization, the cooperative sponsors these fairs to reach thousands of students in our service territory who are interested in careers in engineering, information technology and electricity.

The RSEF provides middle and high school students an opportunity to learn how to isolate and solve problems within the framework of organized, logical thought in the biological and physical sciences. The RSEF also gives students the opportunity to exhibit research projects.

Students get project ideas from interests, hobbies or problems they feel need solving. At the fairs, their work is 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 for the betterment of society.

This pre-college program allows students to succeed and to flourish in an increasingly complex and highly technical world by becoming problem solvers, critical thinkers, inquirers, reflective learners, and more productive and influential members of their communities.

Top presentations from all regional fairs advance to the Georgia Science & Engineering Fair, competing for money, awards and prizes during the annual regional and state fairs.

Jackson EMC sponsored 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.

Top three Chemistry projects were awarded to (L-R) Michael Plack, Russell Middle School, Barrow County, Detergents vs. Stains; Dr. Seri Beall, Co-Director of NEGA RSEF; Leah McCoy and Lauren McCormack, Oconee County Middle School, Splish Splash; and Catherine Wand, Hilsman Middle School, Clarke County, Temperature Effect on Chemiluminescence


2014 Northeast Georgia Regional Science & Engineering Fair

Nearly 120 middle and high school students participated in the annual Northeast Georgia Regional Science and Engineering Fair (NEGA RSEF) held 1/31 at Athens Technical College.  The 95 projects represented the hard work and dedication of students from six different school systems and 19 different schools. 

“I’m pleased with the number of schools and systems represented and hope to see an increase next year,” says Kenneth Linsley, fair director. This was the first year for Mr. Linsley as director of the NEGA RSEF.  “It’s important for students to participate in events that allow them to showcase their interest in science and engineering, as well as to get feedback from the judges who come from the field, on how to improve their projects.”

Students enjoyed a full day of activities while on the Athens Tech campus. In addition to the judges’ interviews, students were able to explore scientific principles through Science Discovery Kits provided by Oconee River GYSTC, help extract DNA in one of the Athens Tech laboratories and compete in and engineering design challenge.  At the end of the day, students were entertained and engaged by Dr. Maurice Snook and his Chemistry Magic Show.

Fifteen projects earned 3rd place, 14 projects earned 2nd place and 19 projects earned 1st place medals at the awards ceremony. 

The Jackson EMC Best in Fair awards in both the Senior and Junior divisions were awarded to Chuanbo Pan, North Oconee High School, Senior Division; and Marin Lonnee, Oconee County Middle School, Junior Division. 

In addition, all 1st place projects have advanced to the Georgia Science and Engineering Fair (GSEF) and registration fees covered, which takes place at the end of March. 

For more information about the NEGA RSEF, contact Kenneth Linsley, Regional Coordinator, Oconee River GYSTC, at

Top three award winners, (L-R) Sergio Parra, Mill Creek HS; Angelin Ponraj, GSMST; and Karen Gu, Collins Hill HS with Jonathon Wetherington, Director of Science, Gwinnett County Public Schools. All three were awarded the Grand Prize and advanced to GSEF and ISEF.


2014 Gwinnett County Regional Science & Engineering Fair

Gwinnett County Public School’s (GCPS) 2/28 event continued to celebrate student excellence in science and engineering for the 36th straight year, one of the largest Regional Science and Engineering Fairs (GwRSEF) in Georgia.

81 schools from all 18 GCPS school clusters, three GCPS special entities and four other non-GCPS schools that operate in Gwinnett County participated in the fair.  More than 600 projects featured the work of approximately 800 K-12 students from public, private and local home-schools in the county.

The top three projects at the GwRSEF were awarded the Grand Prize and advanced to State Science & Engineering Fair (GSEF) and Intel International Science & Engineering Fair (ISEF). These projects were completed by Sergio Parra, Mill Creek HS; Angelin Ponraj, GSMST; and Karen Gu, Collins Hill HS.

At GSEF, GCPS will also be represented by the projects that were awarded a 1st place designation at the regional fair. From the GwRSEF, 50 projects from 19 Gwinnett County middle and high schools will compete against the best young scientists and engineers in the state at the fair held in Athens, Ga. These projects represent the work of 72 middle and high school students who’ll have the opportunity to show what they’ve learned in their classrooms after earning 1st place at the regional event.

The Gwinnett Regional Fair is one of the largest Science and Engineering Fairs in Georgia.

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


By supporting the Northeast Georgia and Gwinnett County Regional Science & Engineering Fairs, Jackson EMC actively promotes the development of stronger scientific, technological, mathematics and engineering education.

For GSEF and ISEF information and results, visit

Congratulations to all participants and award winners representing northeast Georgia!