Grand Gulf hosts local students for Nuclear Science Week

Published 11:24 am Monday, October 23, 2023

Grand Gulf Nuclear Station hosted more than 200 students over a three-day period for Nuclear Science Week.

Middle school and high school students from Vicksburg, Jefferson County, Warren Central, Port Gibson, Natchez and Hartfield Academy got the opportunity to learn all about clean, carbon-free nuclear power and what employees do every day at Grand Gulf.

During the plant tour, students did hands-on activities to learn about different craft trades, how electricity works through a STEM activity, what a day in the life of a security officer looks like, how radiation protection technicians work to keep us safe, how a chemistry technician takes samples in the plant and more.

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“Getting students in the state of Mississippi excited about the nuclear industry is so important to us,” said Grand Gulf Site Vice President Brad Kapellas. “The nuclear industry provides so many great opportunities for any career field. We want to inspire the next generation of nuclear professionals because Grand Gulf is such a great place to work.”

Women in Nuclear, North American Young Generation in Nuclear, Day and Zimmerman and other Entergy employees volunteered their time to organize activities for the students.

Nuclear Science Week is an international, week-long celebration to focus on the benefits of nuclear power.