• University of West Georgia
    College of Education
    1601 Maple Street
    Carrollton, GA 30118

  • Cathy Fontenot

  • 770-328-8530

  • cfonteno@westga.edu

  • www.westgystc.org/magnolia-midlands

Opened in 1992, the West 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 underserved areas in the state. West GYSTC is located on the campus of the University of West Georgia in Carrollton, GA. Among the many educational programs they offer elementary and middle school teachers and students, some favorites include Bugs for Breakfast, Science ABC’s, Amusement Park Physics, and Icky, Yucky, Squishy Science. The Center provides a variety of professional development programs and STEM kits for K-8 teachers and students.


Bremen City Carroll County Carrolton City Douglas County
Haralson County Paulding County Oak Mountain Academy



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. Victor Rundquist

Senior Development Engineer (CHAIRMAN)

Mrs. Anna Clifton

Assistant Superintendent of Teaching & Learning, Carrollton City Schools (VICE CHAIR)

Mrs. Donna Armstrong

Lackey Senior Vice President, Carroll Tomorrow & Carroll County Chamber (SECRETARY)

Mr. Lealon Anderson

V.P. Commercial Lending (Retired), United Community Bank of West Georgia (TREASURER)

Mr. Casey Bethel

Douglas County School System

Ms. Melanie Brooks

Ephesus Elementary School

Ms. Tammy Brown

Paulding County School District

Mr. Doug Moore

Oak Mountain Academy, Lower School Dean

Ms. Elena Schulenburg

Haralson County School System

Ms. Beverly Dillard

Carroll County Schools Board of Education

Ms. Christa Smith

Bremen City School System

Mr. Martin Smith

Carroll Electric Membership Cooperative

Mr. James Layton

Carroll Electric Membership Cooperative

Mr. Terry Tibbitts

Director of Paulding County Airport