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Lakeside Middle School math pupils tour Plant Vogtle

Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013 9:28 PM
Last updated Thursday, Oct. 24, 2013 2:14 AM
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WAYNESBORO, Ga. — The light bulb went on Wednesday morning for a group of advanced math pupils from Lakeside Middle School as they toured Plant Vogtle, some envisioning future careers in engineering, mechanics and other sciences.

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Lakeside Middle School students in a special eighth-grade mathematics program visit the cooling towers for Reactors 1 and 2 at Plant Vogtle in Burke County. The tour is part of National Nuclear Science Week.  EMILY ROSE BENNETT/STAFF
EMILY ROSE BENNETT/STAFF
Lakeside Middle School students in a special eighth-grade mathematics program visit the cooling towers for Reactors 1 and 2 at Plant Vogtle in Burke County. The tour is part of National Nuclear Science Week.

Feet barely off the yellow bus, the pupils stood in awe of Plant Vogtle’s massive cooling towers as eighth-grade math teacher Angela Stokes started planning future lesson plans.

Stokes scanned the plant, noticing geometric shapes in the hyperbolic cooling towers and domes on the nuclear reactor containment structures.

The math and science lessons had only just begun for the pupils, who learned about the process to make electricity at the Southern Co. plant about 35 miles south of Augusta.

First, they visited the cooling towers for units 1 and 2. Then, the group toured the control room training center for units 3 and 4, the first commercial nuclear reactors built in the U.S. in decades.

Ajla Dzin, 13, was amazed at the construction work underway to build units 3 and 4. She said the visit to Plant Vogtle helped her see ways to apply her classroom math and science lessons in a career.

“It’s really beneficial to me. I get to see what it’s like in the real world,” said Ajla, who wants to study science and possibly engineering in college. “It shows me what I’d like to be and what I can become.”

The school tour was part of National Nuclear Science Week, an annual event that encourages education and awareness of nuclear technologies and careers.

“When you get out of high school and go to college, you’ll have a whole lot of things on your mind,” Southern Co. spokesman Mike McCracken told the pupils. “What you probably haven’t thought a whole lot about is electricity or working for a power company.”

Stokes, who previously worked at Plant Vogtle as a systems analyst, hoped several of her students would pursue careers at the plant. In her classroom, she plans hands-on activities and practical applications that encourage jobs in math and science.

“We don’t want them just churning numbers at their desk anymore,” she said.

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Gabuck1
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Gabuck1 10/23/13 - 10:45 pm
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60 students start a nuclear engineering program sponsored by southern company at a local technical college, up 20 people from the year before because the 'need was so big'... They hired ZERO students at Vogtle, led them on for two years and then tell them finally they arent going to hire them literally 5 minutes before their internship was over. ''Take what you can get''.

It ain't right and I'm tired of seeing stories in the paper and local news as positive PR, while kids wonder what to do next and stress over finding work in a specialized fied that isn't hiring for their experience level. Which again wasn't what they were told at the onset prior to the program actually starting.

You wont hear that at the next orientation though... I'm sure of it. So there's the other half of the story Lakeside kiddos, believe only half of what you see and nothing that you hear in the real world when you get older.

ColdBeerBoiledPeanuts
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ColdBeerBoiledPeanuts 10/24/13 - 07:00 am
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Truth?

If you only knew the truth, it's far from your allegations!!!

Gabuck1
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Gabuck1 10/24/13 - 09:19 am
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These are not alleged events.

These are not alleged events. Every word I said was the truth... If I'm wrong, prove it.

shamrock
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shamrock 10/24/13 - 02:30 pm
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The Truth!!!

Take this story with a grain of salt. My son is one of those GABUCK1 spoke of. He spent two years of school and five weeks of internship at Augusta Tech in a course sponsored by Southern Company with numerous promises of career positions. They even brought News 6 out there to promote their course just months before graduation. By the way ... during his internship my son spent a lot of time scraping gum off sidewalks and pulling weeds. No one is being hired!!

shamrock
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shamrock 10/24/13 - 02:29 pm
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The Truth!!!

Take this story with a grain of salt. My son is one of those GABUCK1 spoke of. He spent two years of school and five weeks of internship at Augusta Tech in a course sponsored by Southern Comapny with numerous promises of career positions. They even brought News 6 out there to promote their course just months before graduation. By the way ... during his internship my son spent a lot of time scraping gum off sidewalks and pulling weeds. No one is being hired!!

Gabuck1
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Gabuck1 10/25/13 - 01:11 pm
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Still waiting on you to

Still waiting on you to disprove what I said there CB...

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