Advanced Studies at Fernbank Science Center is a unique experience that offers hands-on investigations into a variety of specialized areas of science. Students will have the opportunity to study at the science center with expert instructors, working in well-equipped laboratories or traveling to the field. The state accredited courses are provided tuition-free to any high school student in the DeKalb County School District in grades 10-12. The courses are available to students outside of the DeKalb County School District on a space-available, fee basis. Please see the course descriptions below for more information.
Please Note: Buses are not available for this program, students must provide their own transportation to the science center.
To apply for a course, complete the FSC Advanced Studies Student Application.
Please contact the FSC Program Coordinator, Mrs. Vashonda Davis
Spring 2024 Courses
Engineering Applications is a one-semester course that facilitates hands-on learning through the implementation of the Engineering Design Process. Students will work with innovative technologies to prototype solutions for local community and environmental challenges. Students will be assembled in engineering project groups to work on the issue they collectively choose to address. There will be opportunities during the duration of the semester to work at Fernbank Science Center and at Georgia Institute of Technology. At the end of the semester, project groups will present their work to a public audience.
Instructor: Mr. Marques Herrington
Prerequisite: Physical Science or Physics
Credit: 1 Carnegie Unit
Schedule: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 3:30 – 5:30 PM
AP Physics C: Electricity & Magnetism is a one semester course in calculus-based physics for prospective science and engineering majors. Students will explore concepts such as electrostatics, conductors, capacitors and dielectrics, electric circuits, magnetic fields, and electromagnetism. Our course emphasizes experimental work and problem solving, and can give successful students a year of college credit.
Instructor: Mr. Michael Dowling
Prerequisites: Calculus (concurrently); Physics (recommended)
Credit: 1.0 Carnegie Unit
Schedule: Mondays and Thursdays from 3:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
2024 - 2025 course descriptions coming soon!