Local High School Students Enjoy Summer at AREVA
July 24, 2015
Lynchburg, Va., July 24, 2015 – Nine students from Lynchburg, Va., area high schools put their mechanical, electrical and software programming skills to the test this summer as part of AREVA’s Summer Institute of Technology and Engineering (ASITE). This five-week program paired local students with professionals from AREVA’s Installed Base business unit, giving them practical engineering and construction experience through tours and hands-on assignments. ASITE students also had the opportunity to participate in activities such as the Summer Youth Academy and the 2015 AREVA “Robot Wars.”
“The students selected for the program are already successful in academics,” said Steve Martin, AREVA project controls specialist and co-director of the ASITE Program. “Our goal is to give them the opportunity to put what they’ve learned in the classroom into practice, with realistic time and cost pressures.”
The Summer Youth Academy, offered in partnership with Central Virginia Community College and held at AREVA’s Lynchburg offices from July 20 to 24, allowed the high school interns to act as mentors to local middle school students. ASITE students led a series of interactive learning experiences designed to teach principles of nuclear science and to encourage a future career in engineering and technology fields.
ASITE students also tested their engineering skills in the 2015 AREVA “Robot Wars.” Student teams were provided with basic kits for constructing and programming the robots, which were designed to seek out another robot and force it from the battle zone. Students received a budget and specifications for making modifications to improve their design. The project culminated in the recent “Robot Wars,” which took place at the AREVA Technical Training Center in Lynchburg.
“AREVA is helping prepare tomorrow’s engineers by making science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) more prevalent and accessible for students in Lynchburg and surrounding communities,” said George Beam, senior vice president of Installed Base Services at AREVA Inc. “Partnerships like these, supporting local schools and STEM organizations, are an important part of AREVA’s commitment to the future of young people in the communities in which we work.”
Partnerships with local schools and STEM organizations are part of AREVA’s commitment to STEM education and to the Lynchburg area, which is home to more than 1,400 AREVA Inc. employees and their families. In addition to hosting and mentoring students in the ASITE program, AREVA Inc. contributes to STEM programs like the Central Virginia Governor’s School for Science and Technology, the XLR8 STEM Academy, the Central Virginia Regional Science Fair, FIRST® LEGO® League and more.
As part of AREVA’s Summer Institute of Technology and Engineering, local high school students mentored middle school students participating in the Summer Youth Academy, which was offered in partnership with Central Virginia Community College.
AREVA’s Summer Institute of Technology and Engineering participants Colton Nye (left) and Logan Moats (right) prepare to face off in the AREVA 2015 “Robot Wars.”
Participants in AREVA’s Summer Institute of Technology and Engineering: (back row, left to right) Diana Martinez, Colton Nye, Shelby Hutchinson, Michael Xu, Kyle Galindo, Logan Moats; (front row, left to right) Rong Ni, Jarrett Rusher, Pegah Ghassemi.