Inspiring wonder in our communities

This year, DiscoverE’s National Engineers Week, or E-Week as we call it, theme was “Engineers: Inspiring Wonder.” It’s a time to celebrate, volunteer, and connect. To celebrate how engineers make a difference in our world. To increase public dialogue about the need for engineers in every facet of our daily life and society. And to bring engineering to life for kids, educators and the community.

At Framatome, we’re embracing our heritage as seasoned engineering professionals, and we’re focused on the future too – fueling the next generation of clean energy advocates and inspiring wonder in students of all ages. Across North America, our engineers embraced this opportunity and took time to visit classrooms at our locations from coast-to-coast. Below are highlights from a few of our locations.

Lynchburg, Va.

In Lynchburg, Va., we embraced DiscoverE’s mission by reaching out to a younger age group: elementary school children. Our engineers and other employees visited local elementary school classrooms and read “Marie’s Electric Adventure” – a book written by Duke Energy’s North American Young Generation of Nuclear (NAYGN) chapter to dispel fears of nuclear energy at a young age. The book depicts a young girl named Marie (after Marie Curie) and her dog, Einstein, who are on a mission to restore power after the lights go out during a thunderstorm. Marie and Einstein learn to be brave, ask questions and solve problems, while discovering that nuclear energy is a safe solution to re-power her nightlight.

Our employees also shared how engineers make a difference in our world with middle and high school students. By targeting older age groups, they brought engineering to life, emphasizing the importance of pursuing higher education in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) career fields.

Richland, Wash.

In what has become an annual event, several Richland engineers and employees spent an afternoon at Delta High School – the area’s local STEM school – sharing stories of how they became an engineer and the roles of engineers at Framatome’s Richland fuel manufacturing facility. They also discussed the importance of engineering for anything from the pen you write with every day to a B-52 stealth bomber.

As a challenge, students were tasked with building a structure using newspaper and duct tape that could support a text book in 20 minutes. While a few structures crumbled under the stress, a few students succeeded using their ingenuity!

Charlotte, N.C.

In Charlotte, N.C., Framatome’s Charlotte NAYGN chapter served as judges at the Cabarrus Charter Academy’s Science Fair – an annual event that challenges students to develop a scientific hypothesis and defend or defeat the theory. Framatome’s team applied skilled judging to each project and enjoyed meeting the students. And by hearing information about the varied roles that engineering provides in our communities, students were able to make a meaningful connection to the importance of STEM education and careers.

More about Engineers Week

Founded by the National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE) in 1951, E-Week (February 18-24, 2018) is dedicated to ensuring a diverse and well-educated, future engineering workforce by increasing understanding of and interest in engineering and technology careers. The NSPE created Discover Engineering (DiscoverE) as a platform for educators and engineers to inspire young people to take interest in engineering.

If you or someone you know is interested in learning more about engineering careers, check out the website for activities and resources.