AREVA, CAER and WIN “Driving Home” the Importance of STEM Education to XLR8 Academy Students at CVCC on Wednesday, October 23

AREVA, CAER and WIN “Driving Home” the Importance of STEM Education to XLR8 Academy Students at CVCC on Wednesday, October 23


October 17, 2013

Lynchburg, VA – Local nuclear leaders will “drive home” the importance of NUCLEAR CLEAN AIR ENERGY AND STEM EDUCATION to the inaugural class of the region’s new STEM Academy on Wednesday, October 23 on the campus of Central Virginia Community College, beginning at 8:00 a.m.


The full morning of activities will include presentations by representatives of the local Women in Nuclear (WIN) organization; a “Fundamentals in Nuclear” overview by Bob Bailey, Executive Director of the Region 2000 Center for Advanced Engineering & Research (CAER); and a visit from all-star Nuclear Clean Air Energy IndyCar driver Simona De Silvestro.

“Linking STEM education to the technology behind racing and clean energy is an important part of the Nuclear Clean Air Energy campaign,” said De Silvestro. “It’s important that we support teachers in getting across the message to their students that science, technology, engineering and math are cool, and that there are great job opportunities in the nuclear energy industry.”

Participants in the event will be able to chat with De Silvestro, AREVA and CAER employees and WIN officers and take a close look at the No. 78 IZOD Nuclear Clean Air Energy race car.

Clean energy car







AREVA provides its customers with solutions for low-carbon power generation in North America and all over the world. As the leader in nuclear energy and a significant, growing player in the renewable energies sector, AREVA combines U.S. and Canadian leadership, access to worldwide expertise and a proven track record of performance. Sustainable development is a core component of AREVA’s strategy. Its more than 5,000 U.S. and Canadian employees work every day to make AREVA a responsible industrial player helping to supply ever cleaner, safer and more economical energy to the greatest number of people. AREVA Inc. is headquartered in Charlotte, NC. Visit us online at and follow us on Twitter: @AREVAinc.


About WIN

U.S. Women in Nuclear (U.S. WIN) is the premier network of over 5,000 women and men who work in nuclear- and radiation-related fields around the country. U.S. WIN members participate in networking, professional development and outreach activities through local chapters, regional organizations, and the national organization. Local chapters are organized based on company, university/college, or geographic region.In addition, U.S. WIN is an affiliate of the Women in Nuclear Global organization made up of more than 3,800 members in 94 countries. The Lynchburg Chapter of Women in Nuclear (WIN-LC) approved its charter in September 2005. Members participate in teacher and student workshops, competitive events, and public outreach activities in the community.  Additionally, our members participate in regional, national, and global WIN conferences.


About CAER

The Center for Advanced Engineering & Research (CAER) is a Region 2000 initiative to develop an industry-focused regional research and development center that drives the development of innovative products and processes by providing local access to university and federal research and inventions. It targets the growth industries specific to the region and puts university innovations into action through practical implementation in industry. The goal is to increase the competitiveness for core, high wage industries and improve the long-term prospects of existing industrial employers by creating a knowledge-based research hub for the region. For more information, go to

Contact: Catherine Mosley
Virginia’s Region 2000 Partnership
cmosley [at] region2000 [dot] org