Nearly 150 sixth grade students from Magnolia Middle School in Moss Point toured Plant Daniel on Aug. 21 and 22, the first phase of a new partnership between plant employees and the Moss Point School District.
Students learned about the plant’s operations, toured the facility and took part in several demonstrations aimed at introducing them to a STEM – science, technology, engineering and math – career.
“We want to get them to know Plant Daniel and the overall process of making electricity,” said Kim Washington, Plant Daniel compliance and support manager. “These kids drive by the plant and see the sign out front, but they don’t really know what goes on in here. Today, we’re pulling the curtain back a little bit.”
After watching an introductory video about the making of electricity, the students visited several stations designed to showcase various forms of energy. From peddling on the Green Machine to dropping Mentos into 2-liter bottles of Coke and Diet Coke, the demonstrations were designed to show that an energy career can be exciting.
“We want the children to understand that there are viable careers in our state and in our county,” Washington said. “We want them to see the practical application of the topics they’re learning in the classroom.”
Plant Daniel employees are scheduled to visit several schools in Moss Point this fall to assist with science fairs, robotics teams and career guidance.
“We are extremely excited for our students,” Victoria Goff, Magnolia Middle School teacher, said. “This is an incredible opportunity to see firsthand that math and science can lead to a rewarding career and great job right here in Jackson County”