September 12, 2016
AIKEN, S.C. – Four engineers from Savannah River Remediation (SRR) spent a day with children at the Aiken County Recreation Center Day Camp to teach them Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) principles, and what being an engineer is all about.
SRR engineers Austin Chandler, Jeff Iaukea, Christopher Beheler, and Andrew Klapko taught the children lessons on Newton’s Laws of Motion using science experiments and other hands-on manipulators. The campers, ages five through twelve, were able to see the laws of motion played out before their eyes.
Teaching STEM topics to students is routine for SRR engineers, said Chandler, who frequently accepts opportunities to introduce the younger generation to engineering and technical areas of expertise.
“We enjoy being a part of this time of the students’ lives when new topics in STEM are new and exciting,” Chandler said. “The best part is seeing their experiments work and watching them experience success.”
At the camp, Chandler, Iaukea, Beheler, and Klapko helped the students design and build their own rockets, conduct an egg drop experiment, and perform various experiments to further demonstrate Newton’s three Laws of Motion.
Aiken County Parks, Recreation, and Tourism Supervisor Tandra Cooks said visits from experts help the children begin thinking about future career possibilities.
“This is the age when kids start thinking about what they want to do when they grow up,” Cooks said. “At camp, we are able to bring in experts like the SRR engineers who can expose the campers to the STEM industry in our local area and to get them excited about learning what it takes to work in those fields of expertise.”
Educational support from SRR for Aiken County and all Central Savannah River Area counties surrounding SRS is something teachers and institutions can count on, said Tom Foster, SRR President and Project Manager.
“SRR employees engage in multiple educational outreach opportunities year round,” Foster said. “Our mission depends on the expertise in the next generations of workers. Therefore, our time spent with these children is important and valuable to us as well as to them.”
SRR is the liquid waste contactor at SRS for the U.S. Department of Energy. SRR is composed of a team of companies led by AECOM with partners Bechtel National, CH2M and BWX Technologies. Critical subcontractors for the contract are AREVA, Atkins, and URS Professional Solutions.