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About the West GYSTC History

Founded in 1989, the Georgia Youth Science and Technology Centers, Inc. is a non-profit educational organization whose mission is to increase interest and enthusiasm in science, math and technology. The GYSTC vision is to increase the number of women and minorities in scientific fields and help U.S. students become world leaders in science and math.

The GYSTC is unique in that:

  • Each center is a community partnership funded one-third by education systems, one-third through government grants, and one-third from local business and industry
  • most programs and activities are provided in the schools
  • centers function as a science resource for area teachers
  • special programming is determined locally by need

Currently, there are 14 centers operating in the state and the goal is to establish 25 centers to provide service to school systems statewide.

GYSTC, Inc. has national and state affiliations with the:

  • Eisenhower National Clearinghouse
  • Federal Aviation Administration
  • Georgia Department of Education
  • Georgia Science Teachers Association
  • Georgia Space Grant Consortium
  • National Aeronautics and Space Administration
  • National Science Foundation
  • Triangle Coalition