Northside's Engineering Magnet Program Attracts the Best and Brightest Mathematical Minds

The ideas start small, just a few little components put together on a computer screen...

But in the end, creativity comes to life, showing just how much can be done with a little ingenuity.

Engineering students at Northside High say their mutual curiosity about life brings them together.

"We get to collaborate together, on why something works, why it doesn't work, or how we can fix it," said engineering student Ahnrei William.

"A lot of it has to do with cooperation, you learn it's not all about you.  You have to come together and have five different projects work together," said engineering student Craig Henning.

All the students at Northside aspire to be something great...

Some want to work with electronics or maybe even build robots one day.

Others want to design bridges or buildings, using the skills they learned here at Northside to apply to their real lives.

"I want to build my own house because my mom did, I want to make the things I use, I want to have a personal option into it," said engineering student Ashley Stewart.

The rigorous program has already earned itself a notable reputation...

Northside alumni have gone on to attend some of the most prestigious technical and engineering colleges in the nation.

"Last year we had 17 go to Georgia Tech. We've had Duke, Clemson, some went to Auburn... they're all over the place," said Michael Edmonson, the Engineering Magnet Coordinator.

With access to software and computers used by industry professionals, as well as higher level courses, students in the program say starting off early pushes them ahead of others their age.

"It helps me understand what I'm going to face in college, a little bit of what classes will be like to get my degree," said engineering student Jordan Wagner.