Chattahoochee – Flint GYSTC

  • Georgia Southwestern State University
    800 GSW Drive
    Americus, GA 31709

  • Emily Anne Strickland

  • 229-942-7864


Opened in 1997, the Chattahoochee-Flint 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 under-served areas in the state. Chattahoochee-Flint GYSTC at Chattahoochee-Flint RESA (Regional Educational Service Agency) in Ellaville, GA. Among the many educational programs they offer elementary and middle school teachers and students, some favorites include environmental science, chemistry, laws of motion, Family Science Nights, and Family Math Nights. The Center provides a variety of professional development programs and STEM kits for K-8 teachers and students.


Chattahoochee Macon Schley Taylor
Clay Marion Stewart Webster
Crisp Quitman Sumter
Dooly Randolph Talbot


Educator Programs

Virtual In-Class Field Trips

An in-class field trip is a unique experience for the classroom teacher and the students class to view science from a different perspective.

Virtual Professional Learning Workshops

These one-hour sessions cover a variety of topics to enhance the teaching capabilities of educators.


Virtual Afterschool for Math and Science

This GYSTC afterschool program is a virtual refresher in math and science exercises in which some students might need a little more time to progress at a more satisfactorily level.

Virtual Family STEM Nights

Join one of our Virtual STEM Nights! Everyone in your family can participate. Activities are appropriate for K-2, 3-5 or 6-8, depending on the session you join.


Virtual Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Academy for Parents with Grades K-5 Students

GYSTC works to improve the teaching-learning process for teachers, parents and students. GYSTC STEM Academy for Parents focuses on providing real-world experiences that parents can use to assist their students virtual learning experiences.

Board Members

Mr. Rodney Jacobs

Cooper Lighting Solutions (Board Chair)

Dr. Victora Harris

Superintendent, Quitman County Schools (Vice Chair)

Dr. Brandon Williams

Assistant Superintendent, Crisp County Schools (Treasurer)

Dr. Craig Lockhart

Superintendent, Dooly County Schools

Dr. Jack Catrett

Superintendent, Talbot County Schools

Dr. Michele Smith

STEM Coordinator, GSW

Dr. Suzanna Smith

Provost, GSW

Ms. Tammye Pettyjohn Jones

Field Representative, Congressman Bishop's Office

Ms. Hannah Sloan

Community Connection Specialist, Flint Energies

Ex-Officio Members

Senator Freddie Powell Sims

State Senator

Senator Freddie Powell Sims

Rep. Gerald Greene

State Representative

Senator Freddie Powell Sims

Rep. Mike Cheokas

State Representative