FIRST Robotics (RoboHawks)

This is a large team effort, and you will need to work with adult mentors and parent volunteers to construct a state of the art robot. The robots you build will compete in a game that changes every year (basketball, soccer, and ultimate frisbee are some of the more recent games). For more information, visit or the RoboHawks website.'
Sponsor: robert_benway

VEX Robotics

In VEX-Robotics, a small group of students design and construct a medium-sized robot. Don't let the size fool you; it utilizes the latest in sensors and control systems. This program is student driven with mentors providing support when needed. The students design and build a robot for a game which changes every year. For more information, visit

Engineering Club

Our club enjoys putting our engineering skills to use. We sometimes have small competitions that last for a single meeting, such as building bridges out of toothpicks or seeing whose aluminum foil boat can float the most pennies, but we've recently branched out to larger projects such as using the Maker Space at the Central Library to build a t-shirt cannon. This past year saw the club design, price out, and apply for a grant to install solar cells on campus to support the increased charging needs as the new Chromebooks come to school next year!
Sponsor: helmut_thielsch

Biomedical Engineering Club

During the 2013-2014 school year the club met to explore and participate in technologies related to DNA. We extracted DNA and also learned to run a gel electrophoresis procedure ("DNA Fingerprinting"). We also learned to transfer a gene from a biofluorescent jellyfish into bacteria, and learned about the basics of bacterial culture in the lab.
During the 2014-2015 the Club members worked at the Chesterfield Central Library Makerspace to design a myoelectric robotic arm.
Sponsor: jvon_holly


CyberPatriot is the premier national high school cyber defense competition. It was created by the Air Force Association to inspire high school students towards careers in cyber security or other science, technology, engineering, or mathematics disciplines critical to our nations future.
Sponsor: natasha_martin

Team America Rocketry Challenge

Each team uses CAD to design and test a rocket virtually. The students then build and fly the rocket carrying 2 raw eggs. This year's challenge is to build a rocket that achieves a flight duration of 48-50 seconds, an altitude of 850 feet, and that returns with the eggs uncracked.


DECA prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs in marketing, finance, hospitality, and management in high schools and colleges around the globe. Through participation in DECA activities, members learn to communicate thoughts and ideas, how to organize a presentation, and more about what businesses expect from employees, while gaining problem solving skills.

National Arts Honor Society

Our society is involved in monthly activities that highlight the Visual Arts such as Fall Festival, Youth art Month, Festival of the Arts etc.
We also do community service work with Noah's Children Hospice Care by creating art that is sold in a silent auction.

Contact Us

Mr. Bob Benway
Coordinator, Governor's Academy for Engineering Studies
Office: (804)-768-6110, ext. 3064
Fax: 804-768-6117

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