Contact: Jessie Smiley, Media Relations, Jessie_Smiley@dpsk12.org
Western Area Power Administration donates electrical equipment for hands-on learning
Denver – The students at Bear Valley International School have received a major upgrade to their STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) lab, thanks to the overwhelming generosity of the Western Area Power Administration’s (WAPA) Electric Power Training Center (EPTC). This equipment will help the school to expand its STEM lab and give students more opportunities to see the application of STEM in the electric utility industry.
The students’ interest in the STEM equipment started on a CareerSpark industry exploration event to the Electric Power Training Center this past spring. The hosts ramped up the excitement of the kids on the two-day visit and presented each one of them with a certificate upon completing the training program. The then-sixth-grade students were so intrigued by what they had learned – one even asked for a job – that WAPA decided to donate the training modules to the school so the kids could continue their experiential learning.
WAPA annually markets and transmits more than 25,000 gigawatt hours of clean, renewable power from 56 federal hydroelectric power plants owned and operated by the Bureau of Reclamation, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and International Boundary and Water Commission in 15 western and central states. The EPTC is a one-of-a-kind facility offering a unique hands-on, real-world learning experience for power industry professionals to gain the knowledge and tools managing America’s interconnected power grid.
A ribbon-cutting ceremony will be held for Bear Valley International School’s new STEM lab at 1 p.m. Monday, Dec. 18.
Interview opportunities available in English and Spanish.
Bear Valley International School STEM Lab Ribbon Cutting
Board of Education member Angela Cobian, Western Area Power Administration representatives, community members, educators and students
Monday, Dec. 18
Bear Valley International School
3005 S. Golden Way