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Southeastern Summer Nuclear Institute



Southeastern Summer Nuclear Institute

June 20 - June 22, 2017

Teachers and guidance counselors saw nuclear technology in action during the Southeastern Summer Nuclear Institute, held June 20-22. They came from as far away as Atlanta GA and Greenville SC to spend three days out of their summer vacations to learn more about nuclear energy and technology. And SSNI was just the ticket.

The nuclear institute included tours of several nuclear-connected entities from the defense, energy, and medical industries.

The group toured Savannah River Site, Plant Vogtle and the nuclear medicine department at Augusta University.

"This year is my first year with SSNI, but we did add a few aspects to this year's tours," said Citizens for Nuclear Technology Awareness Director Jim Marra. "We did an expanded tour of Savannah River National Laboratory. That gave the teachers a chance to see the research side of SRS missions along with the operational plant side."

Marra said the institute's goal is to get accurate information about nuclear activities into the hands of educators.

He said that information could help society as a whole understand its relation to nuclear work and the importance of nuclear efforts in energy, medicine and national defense.

The institute included a series of workshop sessions over the three days to emphasize atomic and nuclear fundamentals; power generation fundamentals; nuclear technology applications; risk (real vs. perceived); and nuclear workforce opportunities, with hands-on activities to illustrate important technical concepts and scientific principles. Lodging (if needed) and meals were provided at the University of South Carolina Aiken along with free educational resources and teacher guides for classroom presentations. Each participant received two $25 gift cards to help cover travel expenses.

In each session, career opportunities were discussed, and the need for a strong background in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) was emphasized. Evening sections allowed teachers to share their experiences in motivating students to higher levels of achievement.

2017 Classroom

 

Tables turned for a dozen teachers as they swapped roles and sat behind desks as students during the Southeastern Summer Nuclear Institute, organized by the Citizens for Nuclear Technology Awareness.

 
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