ONTARIO, NY, January 20, 2012 – The National Museum of Nuclear Science and History will hold its third National Nuclear Science Week (NNSW) from Monday, January 23, through Friday, January 27. Constellation Energy Nuclear Group’s (CENG) R.E Ginna Nuclear Power Plant partners with several local organizations to provide information to the community and meet the increasing need for talented new employees at the site, tying into the NNSW Monday focus area of education and Tuesday focus area of careers.
Recently, Constellation Energy, one of CENG’s parent companies, awarded a $25,000 Energy to Educate grant to the Rochester Museum and Science Center. Through this grant, approximately 1,000 students will achieve a deep understanding of energy production and consumption and how to make better energy choices in conjunction with the ENERGIZE it! Exhibit. The exhibit covers topics including smart grid, solar, wind and power choices. To take the ENERGIZE it! Exhibit back to their own classrooms, an educator toolkit will include teacher lesson plans, hands-on activities, demonstrations and experiments, and culminating major community project or activity.
Additionally, Ginna’s American Nuclear Society (ANS) chapter also provides $3,000 in Education Excellence Grants annually to assist schools in purchasing equipment that promotes engineering, science and mathematics. Each year, Ginna’s ANS also holds a full-day nuclear energy workshop for teachers, and provides lessons plans and activities they can bring back to their schools.
CENG also presents at St. John Fisher College’s Science Fair Days, and works with engineering programs at Syracuse University, Clarkson University and Rochester Institute of Technology through a variety of classroom activities, visits to the site and co-op opportunities for students.
National Nuclear Science Week is a national, broadly observed week-long celebration to focus local, regional and national interest on all aspects of nuclear science. Each day will provide for learning about the contributions, innovations and opportunities that can be found by exploring nuclear science. Focus areas for the week include education on Monday, careers on Tuesday, energy generation on Wednesday, safety on Thursday and nuclear medicine on Friday. For more information, visit www.nuclearscienceweek.org.