The Center for Energy and Workforce Development (CEWD) and the National Energy Foundation (NEF) are co-hosting a booth at the USA Science & Engineering Festival this weekend to boost interest in the energy industry and the career pathways that are available with energy companies. The booth will feature hands-on activities, including testing different types of light bulbs with a Kill-a-Watt meter to determine which is the most efficient and trying out different wind propellers to see which ones generate the most power. Officials from Pepco Holdings, Inc. and Washington Gas will be on hand to talk to kids and adults about the wide array of career options available with electric and natural gas companies.
“The electric power industry is facing some unprecedented changes to its workforce, and it is never too soon to begin generating interest among future generations in the opportunities and career pathways the industry has to offer,” said CEWD Executive Director Ann Randazzo. “We have been teaming with secondary and post-secondary educational institutions to create workable solutions to address the demand for a qualified, diverse industry workforce. The Science and Engineering Festival is a great opportunity for us to interact and speak with these bright, young individuals who might not know about the great career options in energy.”
The Festival Expo is a free, family-friendly event designed to inspire the next generation of innovators. Children and adults will be able to participate in more than 3,000 hands-on activities and see more than 100 live stage performances. It takes place at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center on April 26 and 27 from 9:00 am–6:00 pm. In all, the Festival expects more than 250,000 people to participate.
“Science is amazing…that’s our message to kids and adults attending the Festival. Staying competitive as a nation means we have to encourage more kids to think about careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). What better way to capture their imaginations than gathering the rock stars of science in one place and providing activities they can really do?” explained Larry Bock, Festival co-founder.
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