Present Activities

Throughout this time, Dr. Johnson has maintained his interest in and support of STEM activities; particularly, robotics. For years, Dr. Johnson has provided space in his building for teams that compete in FIRST Robotics Championships. FIRST Robotics is an organization founded that conducts an international competition at four levels for students, K through 12. This year there were more than 3000 teams worldwide of which 400 qualified for the championship.


JSAC is now housed in a 20,000 square foot space next to Dr. Johnson’s laboratory. The 4-acre property is secured by an 8-foot metal fence with cameras from numerous vantage points and a security guard always on duty. It has adequate parking and sanitation facilities. The dedicated site contains allocated space for the teams and their equipment, a workshop, storage space, competition pits, meeting areas, practice space for all 3 levels of FIRST competitions and room for a computer lab. It contains a large practice competition field. It is an exact replica of the field used for the FIRST Championship.


JSAC hosts teams from all over Georgia for practice. In the most recent FIRST Robotics Championship (April 22, 2017), 4 Georgia teams placed in the top 5 four-team alliances. All of these teams had practiced at JSAC.


There are currently 8 teams located at JSAC, 6 at the highest level and 2 at the second highest level. The teams are diverse in every sense of the word. There are teams of the following types: all home-schooled girls, refugees and recent immigrants, public high schools (one inner city, the other suburban), 100 Black Men of Atlanta, a science center team and an after-school charity team. Over 1000 people use the facility over the course of a year.


JSAC hosts teams from all over Georgia for practice. In the most recent FIRST Robotics Championship (April 22, 2017), 4 Georgia teams placed in the top 5 four-team alliances. All of these teams had practiced at JSAC.


One of our Team Sponsors will use the facility for a summer recess technical camp that will include internships at Dr. Johnson’s laboratory.


Tangentially, Dr. Johnson gives frequent inspirational talks and lab tours to students of all ages.


JSAC also assists students in finding scholarships for college. It is a nominator for the Posse Scholarship Program and has had numerous students from its team win scholarships such as the Bill and Melinda Gates Millennium and Posse Scholarship programs. Two members of the refugee team are going through the Posse nomination process during School Year 2017-18.