PA teachers participate in 29th annual Nuclear Energy Seminar

Educators from all over Pennsylvania gathered at the Susquehanna Energy Information Center in Berwick recently as part of the Nuclear Energy Seminar for Teachers.

NEST provided educators with objective, up-to-date information about the fundamentals of nuclear power, emerging use of nuclear isotopes in the medical field, and the safe and secure operation of PPL’s Susquehanna nuclear power plant.

“The teachers were very interested in learning all about nuclear energy and wanted to find ways to make this topic easier for their students to understand. Most of the teachers said they want to return again and would recommend the program to their colleagues,” said Alana Roberts, PPL community affairs specialist and program coordinator.

The course is taught by David Simpson, professor at Bloomsburg University, using PPL facilities at the Susquehanna nuclear power plant as well as field trips to the East Mountain Business Center and Ecology environmental labs.

Classes included lectures, discussions, hands-on learning activities, field trips and tours with specialized staff from PPL and other nuclear industry agencies.

Seventeen teachers took part in the program, which is open to educators in all disciplines from Grades K-12. Since its inception, the program has graduated over 1,200 teachers. Continuing education hours are available to teachers taking the course.

“It is a longstanding tradition of the Susquehanna nuclear plant to educate the community about nuclear energy,” Roberts said. “The NEST program will celebrate its 30th anniversary next year, and teachers still look forward to the program as much today as they did when it was first started.”



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