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SRS 'teach-ins' show why math and science are cool

More than 40 engineers, scientists and technicians from the Savannah River Site recently brought creative science- and engineering-based demonstrations to more than 3,000 middle school students, captivating their minds with things like flying objects and robotic creatures to give them a broader understanding of the field of engineering.

Over a two-week period, employees of SRS management and operations contractor Savannah River Nuclear Solutions conducted  99 demonstrations at 31 middle schools in the region surrounding SRS in honor of National Engineers Week 2014

Called “teach-ins,” the demonstrations have proven to be instrumental in promoting the importance of a high level of math, science and technology literacy. 

Middle schools in seven South Carolina and Georgia counties have participated in this outreach program managed and sponsored by SRNS since 2008. During this time period, over 10,000 students from this region have benefited from the creative work and hours of effort provided by hundreds of enthusiastic teach-in volunteers.

National Engineers Week celebrates the positive contributions engineers make to society and is a catalyst for outreach across the country to kids and adults alike.

About the photo:
Savannah River Tritium Enterprise engineer Bill Wabbersen explains how air can be used to float a home-made hovercraft capable of supporting two students at the 2014 teach-in at Riverside Middle School in Evans, Ga.

SRS 'teach-ins' show why math and science are cool