Glen Rose High School students Jacqui Condy, president of POWER SET and Ben Coppock, president of WIT, recently returned from a trip to Washington, D.C. where they had the rare opportunity to see some behind the scenes meetings at the U.S. House of Representatives offices.

Sponsored by the Nuclear Power Institute (NPI) at Texas A&M, Jacqui and Ben, along with POWER SET advisor Reci Brooks and County Judge Mike Ford, attended a panel discussion and reception on “The Role of Research Universities in Nuclear Science, Energy and Policy.”

Brooks said the trip was an opportunity for students to experience the workings of the federal government and also gain valuable insight into the most current information in the nuclear field. They met with several congressmen, including Representative Bill Flores and also met Deputy Secretary of Energy Daniel Poneman.

Panel members and federal officials were interested to learn more about POWER SET and WIT and what kind of impact they have on students entering STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) fields.

Both in their second year at Glen Rose High School, POWER SET and WIT are organizations encourage high school students with interests in STEM to pursue careers in those fields. Members of each organization, funded by NPI, visit universities and industry sites, enjoy mentoring from industry professionals at Comanche Peak Nuclear Power Plant, hear from guest speakers and provide mentoring to intermediate and junior high students.

NPI also provides teacher education to the advisors of these organizations.