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Van Vleck ISD Students Learn About Nuclear Power from Author

February 6, 2012

    Although students in Van Vleck ISD know of friends and relatives who work at the South Texas Project Nuclear Operating Company (STP), few of them really understand how electricity is generated at a nuclear power plant. However, after a visit by author Amelia Frahm, students got a glimpse of what goes on inside a nuclear power plant. All this was done to celebrate and bring awareness to National Nuclear Science Week.

    Mrs. Frahm entertained Van Vleck Elementary and E. Rudd Intermediate students with a reading of her book Nuclear Power: How a Nuclear Power Plant Really Works. During the visit, which was arranged as part of National Nuclear Science Week activities, Mrs. Frahm also demonstrated how a fission reaction works by using mouse traps and cheese balls to create a chain reaction.

    For the past three years, Van Vleck ISD and the Nuclear Power Institute (NPI), a unique statewide partnership led by the Texas Engineering Experiment Station and headquartered at Texas A&M University, have collaborated in numerous outreach programs aimed at promoting careers in science, technology, engineering and math.

    The members of one such program, POWERSET, were on hand to participate in the presentation with the younger students. POWERSET is an organization to encourage young women in high school who excel in math and science to pursue careers in those fields. An important component of POWERSET is the mentoring relationship formed with girls in the fourth and fifth grades. Often times the high school students are impacted just as greatly as the elementary students they are working with. POWERSET member Kara Bickham said after the event, "It was cool to see our mentees interact with an author, and it was really fun to see them want to learn more."

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