More than 2,000 middle school students near the Savannah River Site area recently put their engineering skills to the test during National Engineers week.
Science- and engineering-based demonstrations involving lasers, flying objects, dry ice and robotic creatures were introduced to students by employees from Savannah River Site management and operations contractor Savannah River Nuclear Solutions (SRNS).
Known as “Teach-Ins,” 90 demonstrations were conducted by more than 40 SRNS engineers, scientists and technicians at 19 area middle schools with 7th grade students over a two-week period.
Teach-Ins have proven to be instrumental towards promoting the importance of a high level of math, science and technology literacy. SRNS volunteers provide interactive demonstrations and informative discussions to give students a broader understanding of the field of engineering.
Middle schools in seven nearby South Carolina and Georgia counties have participated in this outreach program managed and sponsored by SRNS since 2008. During this time period, more than 12,000 students from this region have benefited from the creative work and hours of effort provided by hundreds of enthusiastic Teach-In volunteers.