Charlotte-Mecklenburg Teachers Participate In STEMersion 2015 at AREVA
August 04, 2015
STEMersion participants toured the NDE Solutions Lab at the AREVA Inc. headquarters in Charlotte, N.C. Several teachers applied conventional fixed-angle ultrasonic testing (UT) to a practice mockup that contains known, implanted flaws.
CHARLOTTE, N.C., August 4, 2015 – AREVA Inc. hosted 50 science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) educators at its headquarters in Charlotte, N.C., on July 30 as part of STEMersion 2015. During the event, participants learned about AREVA’s capabilities and workforce needs, heard from college interns about their hands-on summer experiences and toured the Non-Destructive Examination (NDE) Solutions Lab.
“AREVA is committed to ensuring the next generation has opportunities to explore careers in STEM fields,” said Sharon Elliott-Greene, vice president, human resources for AREVA Inc. “Programs like STEMersion help connect the dots for teachers between what they teach in the classroom and the educational foundation the nuclear industry requires of its workforce to ensure the continued safety and security of the nation’s nuclear fleet.”
Participating teachers represented 33 local middle and high schools. STEMersion is a two-week professional development experience for selected Charlotte-Mecklenburg teachers that includes visits to some of the Charlotte region's top STEM businesses. The program recognizes the importance of supporting teachers’ understanding of how STEM competencies translate from the classroom into real-world applications and careers.
In addition to participating as a partner site, AREVA donated $2,500 to Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools in support of STEMersion.
Herbert Richardson, vice president at AREVA Inc., spoke with Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools middle- and high-school math and science teachers about AREVA’s capabilities during STEMersion 2015
An AREVA employee in the NDE Solutions Lab demonstrates to STEMersion participants how an ultrasonic transducer can be used to detect cracking in a particular style of bolt.
Led by an AREVA Voyager – an employee in an internal job rotation program designed to develop future technical leaders – interns representing Texas A&M, UNC Charlotte, and Virginia Tech discussed lessons learned through their internship experiences.