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Fluor-BWXT Mentors STEAM Ahead in Jackson County

JACKSON COUNTY, Ohio -- August 26, 2021 -- Mentors from Fluor-BWXT’s STEAM Ahead program recently embarked on an educational journey with local students at day camp. Fourteen 5th through 7th graders attended day one of the Summer Manufacturing Camp at the University of Rio Grande/Rio Grande Community College branch in Jackson and explored water treatment, engineering, chemistry and welding with some of Fluor-BWXT’s (FBP) subject matter experts.

Two Jackson County students compare their water filtration results

The three-day camp was formed through a partnership with Senator Sherrod Brown’s office, Rio Grande, Jackson County Job & Family Services and area businesses. Subject matter experts from the site’s Environmental Remediation, Engineering, Waste Management and Nuclear Operations organizations shared some of the secrets of science with minds eager to learn.

FBP Site Project Director  JD Dowell believes the program provides a valuable experience.

“There is no better investment in our future as that in the education of our children,” he said. “STEAM – or Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math - are good foundations for learning and provide a solid prospect for future careers that pay well and contribute to benefit society.  We are honored to work with other businesses and organizations in the community to bring STEAM real-life experience into the classroom.”

Most of the stations included hands-on activities and experiments.

“I liked that I was actually able to interact a lot because you were able to actually put things together and construct them and it was cool using straws,” said Cameron Kilgour, a Jackson 5th grader.

During the presentations, Fluor-BWXT employees discussed their careers and presented various scientific demonstrations to highlight how science can be used every day. FBP’s Ellen Stone ran the “Problem Solving and Structural Innovation” station.

“I’m a big proponent of STEAM and encouraging the kids to use their minds and imaginations,” Stone said. “We want to inspire kids to know they have opportunities out there to explore and basically become whoever they want to be.”

FBP’s STEAM Ahead program is a science education program that was piloted earlier this year at Western Elementary School in Pike County. The program is designed to get local students thinking about STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) careers.

“This was my first year getting to see this camp in action and I was amazed at the interaction between the kids and all of the adults that presented,” said event coordinator Sharissa Cooper, of Jackson County Job & Family Services. “All of these kids were so excited about all of the different experiments. They had great discussions and realize that they don’t just have to grow up and get a job, they can choose careers they love.”

Fourteen 5th through 7th graders attended Summer Manufacturing Camp at the University of Rio Grande/Rio Grande Community College branch in Jackson on July 27. Kids explored water treatment, engineering, chemistry and welding with some of FBP’s subject matter experts.

Fluor-BWXT’s Ellen Stone ran the “Problem Solving and Structural Innovation” station.

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About Fluor-BWXT Portsmouth LLC
Fluor Corporation (NYSE: FLR) and BWX Technologies, Inc. (BWXT) (NYSE: BWXT), two world-class companies with significant Ohio experience, formed Fluor-BWXT Portsmouth LLC (FBP) to address the decontamination and decommissioning (D&D) needs at the Department of Energy's (DOE) Portsmouth Site in Pike County, Ohio. Jacobs Engineering, another global leader in industrial and environmental projects, provides support. Fluor-BWXT employs 1,800 workers who bring unparalleled experience, insights, and lessons learned from across the DOE complex. The Fluor-BWXT Portsmouth mandate is to clean up the Portsmouth Site safely and compliantly, provide strong uranium stewardship and partner with local communities to achieve a sustainable economic future. For more information, visit www.fbportsmouth.com.