Georgia Tech Savannah hosts engineering academy

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - Students from 15 Georgia and South Carolina schools are in Savannah this week attending the Savannah Engineering Academy.

The event, hosted by Georgia Teach Savannah, is a summer program for the advanced teaching of science and engineering that aims to incorporate and highlight industry expertise.

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

With only 30 slots available, students chosen for the Savannah Engineering Academy go through a competitive selection and application process. For consideration, students must submit teacher recommendations and have grades at the 80th percentile or better in all mathematics, engineering, technology and science classes.

Each day of the academy showcases different disciplines of engineering with subjects and activities pertaining to aerospace, civil, computer, electrical, environmental, manufacturing and water resource engineering.

The program involves discussions from industry professionals and tours of local engineering facilities.

Students have toured facilities including Standard Concrete Products and Gulfstream's AIAA manufacturing facility as part of the program.

The remaining days of the Savannah Engineering Academy will focus on unique aspects of engineering. Students will participate in tours and engineering exercises at Gulfstream, the City of Savannah Water Treatment Facility, EFACEC and on a riverboat tour of the Savannah River.

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