High school students at the XLR8 STEM Academy at Central Virginia Community College will learn more about Nuclear Clean Air Energy from IndyCar driver Simona de Silvestro on Wednesday, Oct. 23.
The students will enjoy a meet and greet session with De Silvestro, driver of the No. 78 IZOD Nuclear Clean Air Energy IndyCar as they learn more about how they use their STEM education in the future.
The morning's activities will also include presentations by representatives of the local Women in Nuclear (WIN) organization and a "Fundamentals in Nuclear" overview by Bob Bailey, Executive Director of the Region 2000 Center for Advanced Engineering & Research (CAER).
“Linking STEM education to the technology behind racing and clean energy is an important part of the Nuclear Clean Air Energy campaign,” said De Silvestro. “It’s important that we support teachers in getting across the message to their students that science, technology, engineering and math are cool, and that there are great job opportunities in the nuclear energy industry.”
During the meet and greet session, students will get a closer look at the No. 78 IZOD Nuclear Clean Air Energy IndyCar, which will be set up on the CVCC Main Campus lawn.
Participants in the XLR8 Academy will have the opportunity to chat with De Silvestro, AREVA and CAER employees and WIN officers.
U.S. Women in Nuclear (U.S. WIN) is a network of more than 5,000 women and men working in nuclear- and radiation-related fields.
Members of the Lynchburg Chapter of Women in Nuclear participate in teacher and student workshops, competitive events and public outreach activities.
CAER, based in Bedford County, is a Region 2000 initiative to bring together funds, talent and resources to improve the engineering and scientific workforce in the area.
AREVA is a leader in nuclear energy and sponsor of the No. 78 Nuclear Clean Air Energy car. AREVA is also a sponsor of the XLR8 Academy at CVCC.