SRR brings nuclear to class

SUBMITTED PHOTO Kindergartners through second graders at Second Baptist Christian Preparatory School painted atoms during a Career Week presentation by Savannah River Remediation.

Savannah River Remediation workers recently faced the difficult task of breaking down aspects of their work for a group of kindergarteners, first and second graders.

The Savannah River Site liquid waste contractor, or SRR, attended Second Baptist Christian Preparatory School for Career Week.

During the presentation, SRR engineer Matt Bodine spoke to students about the different types of engineering disciplines, as well as the importance of engineering, nuclear energy and technology in today’s world.

Bodine explained to the students that one in five buildings in South Carolina is powered by nuclear energy.

“That means, if we didn’t have the nuclear power, it is possible this school or your home could be in the dark,” he told the group.

SRR officials said the students enjoyed the “What Life Would Be Like Without Engineering” cartoons during the presentation, and Bodine said the students couldn’t stop laughing at the characters.

But 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, which was part of an education outreach program called Nuclear in Action. The program is an arts-integrated outreach initiative supported by SRS. It is implemented by three South Carolina-based nonprofit organizations: the Nuclear Literacy Project, the SRS Community Reuse Organization and Citizens for Nuclear Technology Awareness, or CNTA.

Second Baptist Director William Price expressed his appreciation for SRR coming into the classroom.

“The school is involved in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math 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.

Derrek Asberry is the SRS beat reporter for the Aiken Standard and has been with the paper since June 2013. He is originally from Vidalia, Ga., and a graduate of Georgia Southern University. Follow him on Twitter @DerrekAsberry.