Oconee River Georgia Youth Science and Technology Center

The Oconee River Georgia Youth Science and Technology Center is one of 10 non-profit 501 (c) (3) Georgia Youth Science & Technology Centers (GYSTC) throughout the state.   Founded in 1997 by Debra Riddleberger, the Oconee River GYSTC is now under the shared leadership of Kenneth Linsley and the Oconee River GYSTC Board of Directors.  Currently the Oconee River GYSTC supports science and technology instruction in 11 school systems including Barrow Co., Clarke Co., Commerce City Schools, Elbert Co., Greene Co., Jackson Co., Jefferson City Schools, Madison Co., Morgan Co., Oconee Co., Oglethorpe Co., and Social Circle City schools.

The mission of the Oconee River GYSTC is to promote, interest, rigor, and enthusiasm in science and technology instruction.  Hence, the primary purpose of the Oconee River GYSTC is to provide quality professional learning opportunities in the sciences and technologies for all teachers within the 12 membership school systems.  In addition, the Oconee River GYSTC also offers a range of other programs such as Family Science Nights, Star Lab School Visits, and educator field trips.

The Oconee River GYSTC welcomes your support in the form of monetary contributions, donated equipment and/or services. Employees of the State can make contributions through the State Charitable Contributions Campaign (Code Number 151000). All donations made to the center are tax deductible.

For more information about our services, or on how you can become an active participant in our mission to bring improved science and technology education to our youth, contact:

Jolaine Whitehead, Regional Coordinator

Oconee River Georgia Youth Science & Technology Center

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