STEM Education Event at Pocono Raceway Attracts More Than 300 Participants
July 09, 2013
CHARLOTTE, N.C., July 9, 2013 – Over the weekend, energy supplier AREVA Inc. helped lead an interactive energy trivia experience for more than 300 participants in the KidZone at the 2013 Pocono IndyCar® 400. The event was organized in cooperation with PPL Susquehanna nuclear generating station and the No. 78 Nuclear Clean Air Energy IndyCar team.
On July 6 and 7, participants engaged in fun, informative and interactive games designed to spark kids’ interest in energy, technology and engineering, and to raise awareness of clean energy technologies and the role that science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) play in developing the energy workforce of tomorrow. Answering trivia questions such as “Which element is nuclear fuel made from,” participants learned about principles of physics, energy generation and engineering. Hands-on models demonstrated the links between racing, engineering and energy. Participants even had the opportunity to talk with AREVA and PPL’s engineers to learn about energy and engineering career paths. Through these activities, participants earned a special “Nuclear Clean Air Energy Credential.”
One of the highlights of the event was Simona De Silvestro’s visit to the KidZone before Sunday’s race. De Silvestro is the driver of the No. 78 Nuclear Clean Air Energy IndyCar; she joined engineers from AREVA and members of U.S. Women in Nuclear from PPL Susquehanna to facilitate the activities.
“Connecting Simona and our AREVA engineers is a great way to encourage young children to become part of tomorrow’s STEM workforce,” said Kim Clark, Vice President of Customer Relations at AREVA Inc. “The Nuclear Clean Air Energy racing initiative is part of a portfolio of initiatives to promote the educational, recruitment, relationships and policy benefits of nuclear power.”
AREVA and partners, including the Nuclear Energy Institute, have teamed up with De Silvestro’s team, KV Racing Technology, to sponsor the Nuclear Clean Air Energy national educational initiative. Together, they aim to broaden awareness of safe, clean, affordable and reliable nuclear energy and STEM careers.
David Causey and Abbey Donahue, AREVA engineers, and Susan Downs and Mimi Mylin, PPL Susquehanna Women in Nuclear chapter members, staff the Nuclear Clean Air Energy table at the 2013 Pocono IndyCar® 400.
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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.
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 PPL Susquehanna
The Susquehanna plant is one of PPL Corporation’s generating facilities. Headquartered in Allentown, Pa., PPL Corporation (NYSE: PPL) owns or controls about 19,000 megawatts of generating capacity in the United States, sells energy in key U.S. markets, and delivers electricity and natural gas to about 10 million customers in the United States and the United Kingdom. More information is available at www.pplweb.com.