Posts Sorted by AuthorVirginia’s Region 2000 Future Focus Foundation and AREVA Team Up to Present Regional STEM Initiatives at Area Development’s Women in Economic Development Forum in Chicago on
October 21, 2013
Virginia’s Region 2000 Future Focus Foundation Managing Director Elizabeth Narehood and AREVA’s Director of External Relations & Corporate Citizenship Laura Clise will present at Area Development magazine’s 4th Annual Women in Economic Development Forum at the Sofitel Water Tower Hotel in Chicago, Illinois on Monday, October 21, 2013 beginning at 9:30 a.m.
Narehood and Clise’s presentation, STEM Workforce Development: An Essential Part of a Competitive Economic Development Strategy will highlight Virginia’s Region 2000 Partnership and the Future Focus Foundation’s collaboration with AREVA and other stakeholders in creating a successful regional STEM ecosystem. The ability to attract and retain skilled labor is always a primary consideration for companies searching for a location that will provide a competitive edge. Workforce development is even more crucial for high-growth, technology-based industries seeking a talented and credentialed labor pool. Narehood and Clise’s session will highlight the benefits of focusing on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) education efforts through collaboration and engagement of industry, education and government on a regional scale.
“We are thankful for AREVA’s support not only financially, but also by providing many dedicated volunteers that have helped our programs grow and succeed year after year,” said Narehood.
“AREVA’s employee volunteers share an enthusiasm for STEM education that is infectious to our youth participants. AREVA is truly making a difference in our community through the sponsorship of teams, equipment, events, and by sparking the imagination for our youth to continue to pursue their passions and build their dreams.”
AREVA, CAER and WIN "Driving Home" the Importance of STEM Education to XLR8 Academy Students at CVCC on Wednesday, October 23
Local nuclear leaders will "drive home" the importance of Nuclear Clean Air Energy and STEM Education to the inaugural class of the region's new STEM Academy on Wednesday, October 23 on the campus of Central Virginia Community College, beginning at 8:00 a.m.
The full morning of activities will include presentations by representatives of the local Women in Nuclear (WIN) organization; a "Fundamentals in Nuclear" overview by Bob Bailey, Executive Director of the Region 2000 Center for Advanced Engineering & Research (CAER); and a visit from all-star Nuclear Clean Air Energy IndyCar driver Simona De Silvestro.
“Linking STEM education to the technology behind racing and clean energy is an important part of the Nuclear Clean Air Energy campaign,” said De Silvestro. “It’s important that we support teachers in getting across the message to their students that science, technology, engineering and math are cool, and that there are great job opportunities in the nuclear energy industry.”
Participants in the event will be able to chat with De Silvestro, AREVA and CAER employees and WIN officers and take a close look at the No. 78 IZOD Nuclear Clean Air Energy race car.
Free and open to the public!
Academy Award nominated director Robert Stone’s
groundbreaking new film
When was the last time you watched a film that fundamentally changed the way you think? The film PANDORA’S PROMISE asks whether the one technology we fear most could save our planet from a climate catastrophe, while providing the energy needed to lift billions of people in the developing world out of poverty.
As part of their National Nuclear Science Week outreach, AREVA is hosting a screening of the film at their offices at 3315 Old Forest Road. The event begins at 5:00 p.m. with refreshments and a “Meet and Greet” session with Nuclear Clean Air Energy IndyCar driver Simona de Silvestro and IndyCar #78. The film will be shown in the cafeteria starting at 6:00 p.m. and is 87 minutes in length.
Wednesday, October 23
5:00 p.m. Meet Clean Air Energy IndyCar driver Simona De Silvestro and check out IndyCar #78
6:00 p.m. Pandora’s Promise screening
Refreshments will be provided.
Seating is limited! Reserve your seat by emailing a “seat request” to CleanAirEnergy@areva.com. Be sure to provide your full name, email address, and specify the number of people in your party. You will be contacted via email to confirm your seats.
Everyone thinks they know the story of Pandora’s Box: she opens the box and all the terrors of the world come flying out. But what most people forget, or perhaps never learned, is that the story does not end there. For according to the myth, at the bottom of the box, Pandora found hope.
(AREVA volunteers (in orange shirts) and other volunteers from the community prepare to lift the second of four exterior walls on the “Engineers Build” Habitat for Humanity project on Rockbridge Street. )
Walls go up at the “Engineers Build” Habitat for Humanity home
AREVA volunteers and family members worked last Saturday to frame and raise all four exterior walls of the “Engineers Build” Habitat for Humanity home on Rockbridge Street in Lynchburg. AREVA and Appalachian Power teamed up this year with matching $10,000 in seed donations and are challenging area engineering and technical companies to join as co-sponsors of the project. So far they’ve raised $30,500 – another $29,500 is still needed to completely fund the project.
AREVA recognizes the importance of social responsibility and understands it both contributes to and draws from the strength of its communities. In addition to AREVA’s monetary contribution, AREVA employees are also volunteering their personal time to support this worthy cause. “The best part was seeing how much progress we made on the walls in a short time frame and witnessing the difference you are making in one family’s life,” said Michele Curlee, AREVA volunteer.
OCTOBER 2ND COMMUNITY MEETING
FORT AVENUE PROPOSED BICYCLE LANE IMPROVEMENTS
Lynchburg City is conducting a community meeting to gain public input concerning proposed bicycle lanes on Fort Avenue, WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 2nd from 4:30 – 6:00 pm at Miller Park Aviary, 420 Grove Street, Lynchburg. This is a wonderful opportunity to show there is support for and a need to expand bicycle facilities, and ultimately pedestrian and complete street concepts, within Lynchburg City.
A summary of community input will be prepared and distributed to City Council; this summary will be instrumental in determining the decision to proceed or not.
Please consider attending this community meeting to show support for initiatives to expand bicycle facilities in Lynchburg City.
XLR8 STEM Academy
The STEM workforce is exploding and is expected to continue to grow well into the future. From 2000 to 2012, STEM jobs grew nearly 8%, from 2010 to 2018 that increase is expected to jump to nearly 17%. That is why STEM education is vital to the careers of the future. The XLR8 STEM Academy is helping to prepare students for the future workforce. Uniting Communities on Hunger
2nd Annual Public Forum
On Tuesday, October 15, 2013, the 2nd Annual Public Forum, Uniting Communities on Hunger, will be meeting at Central Virginia Community College.
In 2012, organizations and individuals that work to serve the food insecure came together to collaborate, network and learn about new opportunities within the region. Based on that meeting and a comprehensive survey, a steering committee was formed to address identified needs.
The work continues as we present the latest developments in combating hunger in our community. Other discussions will focus on increasing volunteerism and locating community resources. There will also be opportunities for people to get involved as we work to end food insecurity in the region.
All organizations and individuals that are concerned about hunger issues are invited to join us on Tuesday, October 15, from 1-4 pm in Merritt Hall at Central Virginia Community College.
For more information, contact:
Kris Shabestar, Meals on Wheels of the Greater Lynchburg Area
Bedford Middle School Student Hannah Steele Named
One of Top 30 Finalists for Broadcom Masters Competition
Bedford Middle School eighth-grader Hannah Steele has been named a top 30 finalist in the 2013 Broadcom MASTERS Science and Engineering Competition. She was nominated from the May 7th Central Virginia Regional Science Fair which is an affiliate fair of the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair. The Broadcom Masters competition is a stepping stone for the middle school students to the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair. Virginia has two finalists this year.
"We are extremely proud of Hannah and are very excited she will represent Central Virginia at the finalist competition in Washington, DC." said Cheryl Lindeman, Director of the Central VA Regional Science Fair. “Region 2000 sponsors and judges, along with Hannah's teachers, wish her well as she shares her project findings."
As one of 30 middle school innovators to receive an all-expense paid trip, she will travel to Washington, D.C. to compete for over $60,000 in cash awards. Hannah’s project Title is “What's the Interplanetary Forecast: Can a Homemade Magnetometer Accurately Measure How the Interplanetary Magnetic Field Is Affected by Solar Storms?”
Sponsored by Broadcom Foundation, Broadcom MASTERS® inspires middle school age scientists and engineering enthusiasts to stay with science and math throughout high school. The Broadcom MASTERS (Math, Applied Science, Technology and Engineering for Rising Stars) winners will be named on October 1 in Washington, D.C., after completion of a rigorous competition that tests their abilities in STEM subjects, teamwork and collaboration. For more information and live video feeds during the Broadcom MASTERS week (September 27 – October 1), go to www.broadcom.com.
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