An Energy Field Trip

Director Dr. Carol O'Donnell attending the SSEC's Energy SSEAT Image: Juliet Adams/Smithsonian Science Education Center


On July 12th our director, Dr. Carol O’Donnell, and teachers from around the country attended a guided tour of the Possum Point Power Station to learn the ins and outs of power generation. This tour was part of one of the Smithsonian Science Education Center’s professional development academies called SSEATs (Smithsonian Science Education Academy for Teachers). Throughout the week the professional development team organized presenters and field trips to demonstrate the innovations and implications of energy. One of these field trips was to the Possum Point Power Station just outside of DC for a guided tour and introduction to power generation. The Possum Point Power Station has their hands in a lot of different kinds of energy; everything from nuclear power to wind and solar. Dr. O’Donnell and the participating teachers donned their orange safety hats as they learned about these different methods of creating energy. 


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