The Westinghouse Educational Outreach Program
Westinghouse Electric Company believes that community outreach is vital in the areas where our employees live work and do business. Because of this, we have created the Westinghouse N-Vision Community Outreach Program.
Through this program, Westinghouse employees are able to educate and inform students (K-12), teachers and community organizations on the many topics that touch our nuclear energy industry – science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).
All of the services we offer through our N-Vision community initiative are free.
Speaking Engagements with our Westinghouse Speakers Bureau
Knowledgeable Westinghouse employees speak to schools and community organizations at their locations to present or discuss, articulately, but in layman’s terms, the many topics that touch STEM.
These include, but are not limited to, the following:
- What is Nuclear Energy?
- Careers in Engineering
- Pros and Cons of all Forms of Energy
- The Fission Process
- What is Radiation?
- Storage and Transportation of Nuclear Fuel
- Nuclear Safety
Examples of these types of visits include speaking to students (K-12) during a class or as an assembly. Our employees also enjoy speaking at career fairs and judging science contests.
STEM Workshops for High School Students
Our N-Vision Student Workshop teams, made up of a group of Westinghouse engineers, visit schools for a one-day workshop to educate high school students (grades 9 – 11) interested in engineering on the following subjects: Careers in Engineering, Forms of Energy, and Nuclear Energy Basics. Two hands-on activities are also conducted to help students think like an engineer. These workshops are not only educational but fun! This curriculum can change according to a teacher's needs. We have conducted workshops at the following high schools in Pennsylvania, alone: Ambridge, Northgate, Seneca Valley, Mars, McKeesport, Plum, Leechburg, Uniontown, Baldwin, South Fayette, North Allegheny…and many more! Please note: A minimum of 25 students is a requirement to schedule this workshop. The workshop is only offered to high school students due to the level of science and engineering discussed. If you do not have space at your school for such a workshop, and are a local Pittsburgh-area school, you can inquire about us conducting the workshop at our Westinghouse Cranberry Headquarters site, which may include a tour of our simulator. Tours of the simulator are only offered through this option of our N-Vision program. Such requests need to be made at least three-months in advance and are dependent upon our volunteers’ schedules, space at our facility and simulator schedule. There may be other factors that affect this option at the time of request.
This curriculum can change according to a teacher's needs. We have conducted workshops at the following high schools in Pennsylvania, alone: Ambridge, Northgate, Seneca Valley, Mars, McKeesport, Plum, Leechburg, Uniontown, Baldwin, South Fayette, North Allegheny…and many more!
Here are just a few comments about our Student Workshops:
“Thanks for all your work in putting together the Seneca Valley N-Vision Student Workshop. My students enjoyed the experience and learned a lot from the engineers. I believe it's a very valuable experience for them to interact directly with each other. It takes a lot of the fear of the unknown out of the field. Since this was your first experience with the larger group, I hope that the experience was good for your engineers also.”
- Hal Repasky, Seneca Valley High School (PA)
“THANK YOU for the excellent workshop you presented for our students. Many of them have told me that they now know so much more about the field of engineering and which area they would like to concentrate on. I have also overheard them telling other students about the two "awesome" activities and the great prizes they received. They are still discussing how they would do things differently during the competitions, so their team could win. It was such a worthwhile and informative experience for our students. We truly appreciate all of your efforts. I will be in touch to set up another workshop for next year. I have already had some students ask if they could be included next time.”
- Alice Saxon, McKeesport High School Administration (PA)
K-12 Teacher Workshops
These half-day workshops can be customized for your teacher’s needs. They take place at the school’s location and a minimum of 10 teachers are required for a workshop to be organized. Some exceptions can be made in the Pittsburgh area, where we can host a workshop on-site at Westinghouse headquarters in Cranberry Township, Pa. The subjects of the teacher workshops include Nuclear Energy Basics and the Past and Present State of Nuclear Generation Power Plants.
If you are interested in any of the programs we offer or have questions, contact Emily Kolek.