On Saturday, October 27, 2018, the TMI Women in Nuclear chapter hosted 57 Girl Scouts and their leaders for a day of learning about nuclear science. The program activities were derived from the American Nuclear Society’s “Girl Scouts Get to Know Nuclear!” program.
The day started out early with a quick course presented by Joe Valent, Sr. Engineering Manager, on nuclear science and how a nuclear plant generates electricity. The girls then broke out into groups and attended stations to learn what a half-life is, fission versus fusion, radiation and radioactivity, how an atom is made up, and the various careers available at a nuclear power plant. The stations included an explanation of the principles behind the station as well as hands-on activities. The favorite station was in the simulator where the girls had hands-on experience “running the plant”.
The girls and leaders all left with a program patch, thank you gifts, a better understanding of what happens at a nuclear plant, and a smile.
Feedback from the girls and leaders attending expressed their thanks for the opportunity to attend this “super fun” educational event and they hope we continue to offer these amazing programs in the future.