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.

2019 Northeast Georgia Regional Science & Engineering Fair​

Students brought 78 middle school projects and 18 high school projects for the 2019 Northeast Georgia Regional Science and Engineering Fair on January 25, 2019, at the Winterville Community Center. The 96 projects represented the hard work and dedication of students from 16 schools in seven school systems.

At the awards ceremony, 14 projects earned Bronze Medals, 16 earned Silver Medals, and 18 earned Gold Medals. Jackson EMC presented the Pinnacle Awards in both the Senior and Junior divisions. Tory Ratajczak and Ella Johnson, 8th graders at Hilsman Middle School in Clarke County, won the Junior division with the project: Dog Food Choice: What Brand and How Much Do People Feed Their Dogs?  Celina Zhao, a junior from North Oconee High School, won the Senior division with her project: Computational Analysis of Metabolic Reprogramming Across 14 Types of Cancer.

All Gold Medal projects advanced to the Georgia Science and Engineering Fair (GSEF), which will take place at the Classic Center in Athens, from March 28-31, 2019. Registration fees for projects advancing to GSEF were paid by contributions from Georgia’s EMCs.

Congratulations to all participants and winners!

Jackson EMC employees participate in safety demonstrations for kids at the Northeast Georgia Regional Science & Engineering Fair.
System control coordinator Brandon Mitchell demonstrates electrical safety for kids at the Northeast Georgia Regional Science & Engineering Fair

2020 Gwinnett Science & Engineering Fair

On February 21, 2020, Gwinnett County Public Schools hosted its 42nd annual Science, Engineering + Innovation Fair. The event celebrates academic success and promotes interest in the STEM fields at the Infinite Energy Center Forum.

More than 800 middle and high school students representing public and private schools from Gwinnett County participated in the Gwinnett Regional Science, Engineering + Innovation Fair, which is one of the largest fairs in Georgia.

Members of the science and engineering community, including engineers from Jackson EMC, served as judges for the projects that feature the work of students from the middle and high school levels. Also, the GSEF featured an Innovation in Action Expo where students were invited to pitch science and technology based ideas to a panel of community business leaders. 

For more information about the GSEF, visit or contact Rachel Jeffers at 

Booths at the Gwinnett Science, Engineering + Innovation Fair

Congratulations to all participants and award winners representing northeast Georgia!