November 9, 2016
Aiken, S.C. - Savannah River Remediation (SRR) engineers and READY members served children at a recent North Augusta Family YMCA event, helping local families learn more about nuclear and topics in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM).
READY, Reaching Engineers at the Development Years, members and SRR engineers Jeff Iaukea, Nicole Fose, Victoria Kmiec, and Josh Jabour spent a Saturday at the North Augusta YMCA Fall Family Round Up Day. The engineers taught families about SRR’s mission to safely disposition legacy waste and operationally close radioactive waste tanks as the liquid waste contractor at the Department of Energy’s Savannah River Site (SRS) in Aiken, S.C. To engage the children, the engineers helped them make paper rockets to launch, all the while learning science lessons about motion and velocity.
Iaukea, who has worked with SRR for four years, believes it is important to educate the public about how radiation can be found in everyday materials, such as watches, table salt, and some kitchen plates. The SRR employees demonstrated this fact by testing the objects with a Geiger counter.
“Many people in the communities surrounding SRS are not aware of the Site’s missions or may not understand basic lessons in nuclear that we all experience without even realizing it,” Iaukea said. “We enjoy opportunities where we can serve in the community and teach people about the importance of the work being done at SRS, and as a bonus we excite children using STEM activities.”
More than 200 children came to the YMCA in North Augusta to participate in the Fall Family Round Up Day. Each booth had games and treats to hand out to the children. Organizer and North Augusta Family YMCA Wellness Director Dorothy Doying said the event this year was a success.
“Family Day was fun-filled and educational for all ages,” Doying said. “The participants enjoyed having SRR at the event, and the paper rocket launches were a hit!”
READY is an SRR employee program designed to help facilitate the professional and personal growth of young engineers at SRR. The program has six foundational pillars: job rotation, training and development, mentoring and coaching, professional development, site visibility, and social networking. READY engineers often volunteer in various SRR educational outreach and community giving opportunities in the communities surrounding SRS.
SRR is the liquid waste contractor for the U.S. Department of Energy’s Savannah River Site. 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.