AREVA, AEP Ohio and KV Racing Bring Science and Engineering to Local Middle School Students
July 31, 2013
IndyCar driver Simona De Silvestro and middle school students tried on protective safety gear during the AEGIS event.
CHARLOTTE, N.C., July 31, 2013 – AREVA engineers, along with the Nuclear Clean Air Energy IndyCar team and engineers from AEP Ohio, motored into Columbus, Ohio yesterday to help middle school students understand the importance of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education.
Participants in the Ohio Energy Project’s Activating and Energizing Girls’ Involvement in Science (AEGIS) program engaged with engineers from AREVA Inc. and AEP, learning about nuclear safety, natural and background radiation, and careers in the nuclear industry. The 30 middle school students and five teachers received a special visit from Nuclear Clean Air Energy IndyCar driver Simona De Silvestro. De Silvestro, a STEM advocate, spoke to AEGIS participants about the connections between racing, clean energy and engineering during a workshop focusing on nuclear energy and engineering. She also participated in the hands-on activities, including donning the protective safety clothing used by nuclear energy facility personnel during outage service activities.
“Connecting Simona with industry partners like AEP is a great way to raise awareness of the importance of nuclear power, and the engineering and technical career opportunities in our industry,” said Kim Clark, vice president of customer relations at AREVA Inc. “The Nuclear Clean Air Energy racing initiative is a great platform for promoting the educational, recruitment and policy benefits of nuclear energy.”
The event was hosted by clean energy supplier AREVA Inc., AEP Ohio, AEP’s Cook Nuclear Generating Station, and the No. 78 Nuclear Clean Air Energy IndyCar team. AEP and AREVA employees facilitated the workshop, while the hands-on activities were organized by the North American Young Generation in Nuclear chapter from the Cook Nuclear Generating Station.
AREVA and its partners, including the Nuclear Energy Institute, have joined efforts 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 the attractive career potential of STEM education.
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