AREVA Partners with Girl Scouts of Central Indiana and the Nuclear Clean Air Energy Team to Scout for Future Engineers
May 28, 2013
CHARLOTTE, N.C., May 28, 2013 — Through a partnership with the Girl Scouts of Central Indiana, AREVA and the No. 78 Nuclear Clear Air Energy IndyCar team have been scouting for future engineers. During the two weekends leading up to the Indy500, which was held May 26, driver Simona De Silvestro met with 75 local Girl Scouts at events sponsored by AREVA North America to explore the importance of safe, clean energy and the link between racing and engineering.
“Just as nuclear must be a part of the solution for safe, clean air energy, sponsoring the Nuclear Clean Air Energy racing team is part of a full portfolio of initiatives to promote the educational, recruitment, relationships and policy benefits of nuclear power,” said Kim Clark, vice president of customer relations at AREVA Inc. “We are pleased to be able to connect Simona and our AREVA engineers to encourage young girls to become part of tomorrow’s STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) workforce.”
“I am passionate about advocating for clean energy and STEM education through what I do as an IndyCar driver,” said De Silvestro. “Sharing this passion with the Girl Scouts has been a great experience. I loved hearing what they learned about how science, math, and engineering support both fast racing and clean energy.”
At the Indy500 Pole Day on May 18, participating Girl Scouts experienced race qualifying first-hand and received a special KV Racing welcome from De Silvestro. On May 25, the Girl Scouts participated in a special Clean Air Energy and Engineering workshop to learn about the technology behind the No. 78 racecar through hands-on activities. Experiments explored engineering system design, energy transfer, electricity generation, and nuclear energy. Participants also learned about anatomy of an atom through an art project with Suzy Hobbs Baker, executive director of PopAtomic Studios. De Silvestro participated in the closing ceremony of the workshop, giving participants a special Energy and Engineering Ambassador patch to commemorate their experience. Both events were held in collaboration with AREVA engineers and supported by the Purdue University Minority Engineering Program and the Nuclear Energy Institute.
“It is through partnerships such as this with Simona, AREVA and the Nuclear Clean Air Energy team that we can show girls that science, technology, engineering and math fields are for girls,” said Deborah Hearn Smith, chief executive officer of Girl Scouts of Central Indiana. “Further, it is through these types of experiences that girls not only discover basic STEM knowledge, but also make connections with individuals on the cutting edge of those fields. Girls then become excited and inspired to take this newfound knowledge about clean air energy and look for ways to take action within their own communities as tomorrow’s leaders.”
AREVA, other energy partners and KV Racing Technology sponsor the Nuclear Clean Air Energy national educational initiative. Their aim is to broaden awareness of safe, clean, affordable and reliable nuclear energy and careers in science, technology, engineering and math.
More About Girl Scouts of Central Indiana
Girl Scouts of Central Indiana serves more than 40,000 girls in 45 counties across Central Indiana. Founded in 1912, Girl Scouts of the USA is the preeminent leadership development organization for girls with more than 3 million girl and adult members. Girl Scouts is the leading authority on girls' healthy development, and builds girls of courage, confidence and character, who make the world a better place. The organization serves girls from every corner of the united states and its territories. Girl Scouts of the USA also serves American girls and their classmates attending American or international schools overseas in 90 countries. If you’d like to join, volunteer, or donate to Girl Scouts, visit girlscoutsindiana.org.
More About KV Racing Technology
KV Racing Technology was founded in January 2003 and joined the IndyCar Series in 2008. The Indianapolis-based team is owned by successful venture capitalist Kevin Kalkhoven and 1996 CART IndyCar World Series Champion Jimmy Vasser and Indian industrialist Imran Safiulla. For more information about KV Racing Technology visit: www.kvracingtechnology.com or follow us on Twitter: www.twitter.com/kvracing and Facebook: www.facebook.com/kvracingtechnology
More About AREVA
AREVA provides its customers with solutions for low-carbon power generation in North America and all over the world. As the leader in nuclear energy and a significant, growing player in the renewable energies sector, AREVA combines U.S. and Canadian leadership, access to worldwide expertise and a proven track record of performance. Sustainable development is a core component of AREVA’s strategy. Its nearly 5,000 U.S. and Canadian employees work every day to make AREVA a responsible industrial player helping to supply ever cleaner, safer and more economical energy to the greatest number of people. AREVA Inc. is headquartered in Charlotte, NC. Visit us online at http://us.areva.com and follow us on Twitter: @AREVAinc.