December 17, 2015
Aiken, S.C. — Painting and engineering don't typically go hand-in-hand, but they did recently when a Savannah River Remediation (SRR) engineer attended Second Baptist Christian Preparatory School for Career Week.
SRR Engineer, Matt Bodine, spoke to a group of kindergarteners through second graders in support of Career Week at Second Baptist Christian Preparatory School, located in downtown Aiken. Bodine gave an age-appropriate presentation about the different types of engineering disciplines, as well as the importance of engineering and nuclear energy and technology in today's world.
"One in five buildings in South Carolina is powered by nuclear energy," Bodine said to the attentive group of students. "That means, if we didn't have the nuclear power, it is possible this school or your home could be in the dark."
The students particularly enjoyed the "What Life Would Be Like Without Engineering" cartoons during the presentation.
"The kids thought the cartoons were hilarious," Bodine said, "They couldn't stop laughing at the picture with characters 'driving' around like the Flintstones, even when I told them that's what we would be doing without mechanical engineers."
Besides the funny cartoons, the highlight of the presentation was a painting activity that also taught a lesson about atoms. The students painted their own depiction of an atom, complete with the protons, neutrons, and electrons. The painting activity is a part of an education outreach program, called Nuclear in Action, supported by the Savannah River Site (SRS).
Nuclear in Action is an arts-integrated outreach program created and implemented by three South Carolina-based nonprofit organizations: the Nuclear Literacy Project, the SRS Community Reuse Organization, and Citizens for Nuclear Technology Awareness.
William Price, Second Baptist's Director, said he appreciates Mr. Bodine and SRR for sharing this educational experience with his students during Career Week.
"The school is involved in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) programs this year, and to introduce the students to nuclear energy and teach them about the components of an atom was an experience of a lifetime," Price said.
SRR is the liquid waste contractor 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, EnergySolutions and URS Professional Solutions.
Point of Contact: Colleen Welch Colleen Welch@srs.gov, 803.208.2428