Finding out about how power is generated and performing science experiments were just a few of the activities taking place during a recent tour of MIssissippi Power Company’s Plant Daniel. as middle school students learn about energy at the source when they visit the facility.
Learning what goes on behind the scenes at the power plant is one way that the plant has reached out to schools through a mentoring partnership with the Moss Point School Discrict in Mississioppi.
According to Kim Washington, the plant’s compliance and support manager, the plant has been visited by approximately 150 students within recent weeks, and a significant number of the young visitors are girls.
While at Plant Daniel, the students learned about electric power generation, took a tour of the facility, asked dozens of questions and participated in science experiments aimed at boosting their interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics careers.
As part of the new partnership, plant employees will be going out to the schools to mentor students, help with science fairs and assist in robotics programs, Washington said.
Another group of Moss Point High School’s career technical education and advanced math class students will come in for a similar tour day in October, she said.
Washington said the mentorship program came about because “Mississippi Power is big on education and community.”
Hopefully, the students’ adventure this week will teach them “yes, science and math are important,” she said, and that Mississippi Power is a viable option for building a career and providing for a family.
They learned about job options in engineering, chemistry, craft labor, operations, maintenance and more while performing experiments.
One experiment in human energy had them ride a stationary bike quickly enough to power several lights, a strobe light and then a bubble machine.