K-12 Outreach and Programs
The Nuclear Power Institute (NPI) actively promotes STEM
(science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) education at
all K-12 levels. This commitment is manifested through a variety of
outreach activities and programs that target students at the
elementary, middle-school and high-school levels.
NPI's outreach activities continue to impact K-12 students
across the State of Texas. Direct connections to Texas high schools
have included participation in College Night and Career Day events
on their school campuses. Students (and teachers) also receive
information about collegiate campus preview days as well as special
opportunities such as summer STEM camps, science competitions,
robotics, and engineering festivals.
NPI also serves as a valuable resource to K-12 teachers about
upcoming STEM conferences, workshops, and seminars around the
state. In addition, NPI's participation in special events hosted by
cities and communities is another way to engage with students,
their families, and the public about STEM education.
Programs for K-12 Students
Science on Saturday (SOS) is
an exciting science program designed to engage both the young
(grades K-6), and the young at heart, in exciting areas of STEM.
Created and sponsored by NPI, this annual event provides
opportunities for young students (and their families) to learn
about the wonders of science through a variety of demonstrations
and interactive hands-on activities.
NPI has also developed unique outreach programs for high school
and middle school students that provide the tools, academic support
and mentoring needed to pursue educational and career opportunities
related to STEM subjects. At the high school level, the POWER SET program
targets females who have a strong aptitude in math and science,
while the WIT program appeals to
both females and males interested in pursuing a STEM degree. The
elementary and middle school outreach programs include the Power GRID program
for females and the BRT program for males. These
four extracurricular programs continue to grow in number with over
800 students participating during the 2013-14 school year.
These K-12 programs have been extremely well received and have
gained state, national and global recognition as an innovative
approach to increasing the interest of young people in STEM.
Program benefits include enhanced awareness and interest in local
career options, as well as better understanding of the academic
preparation needed for success in higher education.
Click below to download the NPI STEM DEVELOPMENT