The Coweeta Long-Term Ecological Research (LTER) program recently presented the Northeast Georgia Youth Science and Technology Center (NEGYSTC) located at Pioneer RESA, with five science study boxes that teachers can check-out and use. The new equipment will allow teachers to provide hands-on learning experiences for their students. The five main subject areas are Soils, Geology, Weather, Stream Ecology and Water Quality, and Heat, Sound, & Light Energy. Each large box is chocked full of equipment and activities to demonstrate and test concepts such as rock hardness, dissolved oxygen in water, and sound waves. Similar boxes were made available to teachers in Macon County, NC and have proved to be very popular with both teachers and students. Last year the boxes in Macon County were checked out 10 times and reached over 1,950 students.
NEGYSTC (http://www.pioneerresa.org/negystc.php) serves 6 counties in Northeast Georgia andis a non-profit educational organization designed to increase interest and enthusiasm in science, math and technology.