Encouraging students to pursue careers in science and technology is crucial to growing a workforce that is ready to take on the challenges of implementing a nuclear power program. NPI has an outstanding record of success in outreach to young people in public schools through experiences aimed at engaging both students and educators.
Due to the renown of our outreach efforts, the IAEA called upon NPI to lead the effort to create, design, implement, and maintain its Compendium of Resources and Activities for Secondary School Teachers and Students on Nuclear Science and Technology. This program aims at promoting the introduction of nuclear science and technology in secondary education. As part of this effort, NPI professionals have traveled to pilot countries to provide guidance, advice, and expertise in conducting outreach activities and to conduct workshops for educators. NPI also conducted a Group Fellowship Training Program designed to give enrichment experiences in engineering to nine educators from Malaysia, Indonesia, and the Philippines.
NPI has also organized educator exchange programs between Texas and other countries, as well as offering training for educators and guidance for decision makers on implementing outreach programs in their own countries. NPI programs such as POWER SET (Powerful Opportunities for Women Eager and Ready for Science, Engineering, and Technology) and Science on Saturday have already been successfully established in schools in the Philippines.