Top High School Students Gain Real World Engineering Experience at the Savannah Engineering Academy Hosted by Georgia Tech Savannah

SAVANNAH, Ga. (June 15, 2011) – The Savannah Engineering Academy begins Monday, June 20, 2011 and is a week-long summer camp for the advanced teaching of science and engineering. Coordinated by Georgia Tech Savannah, the Academy is a program for high school juniors and seniors to learn about an engineering discipline, conduct hands-on activities and visit local engineering facilities and companies. Each day of the Academy offers different activities and topics related to Civil Engineering, Aerospace & Mechanical Engineering, Environmental Engineering, Manufacturing Engineering, Water Resource Engineering, and Electrical and Computer Engineering.

With only 30 slots available, students chosen for the Savannah Engineering Academy go through a highly competitive selection and application process. In addition to providing teacher recommendations, students have grades at the 80th percentile or better in all mathematics,engineering, technology, and science classes. The 2011 Academy includes students from the following schools in Georgia and South Carolina: Brentwood School (Sandersville, Ga.); Bulloch Academy (Statesboro, Ga.), Effingham County High School (Springfield, Ga.) , HV Jenkins High School Honors Academy (Savannah, Ga.); Landmark Christian High School (Newnan, Ga.); Liberty County High School (Hinesville, Ga.), Richmond Hill High School (Richmond Hill, Ga.), Robert W. Groves High School (Garden City, Ga.); Savannah Arts Academy (Savannah, Ga.); Savannah Christian Preparatory School (Savannah, Ga.); Savannah Early College (Savannah, Ga.), South Effingham High School (Guyton, Ga.); St. Andrew's School (Savannah, Ga.); Vidalia High School (Vidalia, Ga.); and Wade Hampton High School (Varnville, S.C.).

“This program exposes students to various facets of engineering,” says Patricia Potter, Georgia Tech Savannah program manager and coordinator for the Savannah Engineering Academy. “The students really enjoy the experience as it helps them prepare for their college studies and a potential career in engineering."

The Savannah Engineering Academy is made possible by Georgia Tech Savannah, Armstrong Atlantic State University, the Savannah-Chatham County Public School System as well as many local companies, professional organizations, and professional engineers who volunteer their time, talent and energy to benefit academy students. partners include the Army Corps of Engineers; City of Savannah; Collins Construction; EFACEC; Georgia Ports Authority; Gulfstream; Home Depot; Hussey, Gay, Bell & DeYoung Engineering & Architects; MegaWatt Laser; Spatial Engineering; Stage Front Presentation Systems; Standard Concrete Products; Terracon; and Thomas & Hutton Engineering Company. Professional organizations involved include the Institute for Electrical and Electronics Engineers; National Association of Women in Construction; and the Society of American Military Engineers.


June 20-24, 2011


Georgia Tech Savannah
210 Technology Circle
Savannah, Ga. 31407


Photo and video opportunities available throughout the week as noted below.

Please contact Nikki Troxclair (912-966-7913, prior to attending the sessions and/or tours of the facilities noted below.


Monday, June 20

10:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. at Standard Concrete Products

  • Students will tour facility to learn how concrete is made and will make concrete

Wednesday, June 22

9:45 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. at City of Savannah Water Treatment Facility

  • Students will tour water treatment facility to learn about the process

1 -3 p.m. at Georgia Tech Savannah

  • Students will conduct water filtration challenge using 2’ long cylinders, sand and gravel to filter water
  • Students will conduct Crushing Concrete lab. Students test concrete cylinders by crushing them.

Thursday, June 23

9:30 – 11:30 a.m. at Georgia Tech Savannah

  • Building power transformers
  • Building and Soldering LED Flashlights. Students will build and solder circuits for LED flashlights

12:30 - 3:30 p.m. at EFACEC

  • Students will tour the facility

Friday, June 24

10:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. at Georgia Ports Authority

  • Students will go on riverboat tour of engineering projects on and along the Savannah river

2:30 p.m. at Georgia Tech Savannah

  • Closing session includes panel discussion with professional engineers and faculty. Presentation of certificates and awards.



About Georgia Tech Savannah: The Georgia Institute of Technology, also known as Georgia Tech, is one of the world's premier research universities. Ranked the 12th best engineering and information technology university in the world by the Times Higher Education-QS World University Rankings and seventh among U.S. News & World Report's top public universities, Georgia Tech has more than 20,000 students and is among the nation's top producers of women and minority engineers. Georgia Tech Savannah provides important outreach services to the local and regional community through the development of campus programs and participation in community outreach that supports and encourage students, teachers and life-long learners in their understanding and appreciation of engineering and related fields. 

Contact Info: 

Nikki Troxclair, APR, LEED AP
Assistant Director of Campus Communications
Georgia Institute of Technology - Savannah
210 Technology Circle
Savannah, Georgia 31407
Direct:  912-966-7913
Cell:  912-313-2256