In 2005, Dr. Johnson met with Dean Kamen (Founder, FIRST Robotics) and Bart Sudderth (Founder, Millennium Training Systems), to collaborate on a robotics program at Dr. Johnson’s facility in downtown Atlanta. Two years later, the robotics program started with just one team of six students in the storage room of an old warehouse. By 2014, several robotics teams comprised of over 200 students were provided space to design and build their robots at the JSAC facility.
The popularity of the program increased dramatically as JSAC began receiving dozens of requests from schools, robotics teams and individual students inquiring about space for their own teams. In 2016, JSAC served thousands from the metropolitan Atlanta area in their 20,000 square foot facility and by 2018, over 8,000 students were utilizing the facility on an annual basis. With the addition of an ultra modern computer lab in 2019, the number surpassed 10,000.