More than 50 Girl Scouts, their leaders and parents recently invaded Xcel Energy’s Monticello Nuclear Generating Plant training center to learn about nuclear power. Fifteen troops from Central Minnesota took part in an afternoon filed with educational games, presentations and experiences to help them earn their nuclear science and technology badge.
“The girls’ enthusiasm makes the day so much fun,” said Wynter McGruder, Xcel Energy materials engineer and event co-organizer. “We hope that the time we spent together sparks a greater interest in some of them to pursue a math or science career.”
The annual event was happily co-sponsored by Women’s Interests Network (WIN) and Women in non-Traditional Roles (GROW). A dozen Xcel Energy volunteers shared their enthusiasm and knowledge about electricity and nuclear power as they led the young women in games of Nuclear Jeopardy, how to properly don protective clothing worn in the nuclear plant, an interactive game using balloons taught how fission works, and a tour of the nuclear control room simulator where everyone gets a hands-on experience in running the nuclear plant.