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Everett High School sophomores enrolled in the Principles of Engineering course taught by Anna Seiders enjoyed a comprehensive and informative tour of Exelon Generation’s Mystic Generating Station on Tuesday, January 28.
The EHS contingent was welcomed to the 2,000-megawatt power plant by General Manager Archie Gleason. Plant Managers Mark Donahue (Mystic 7) and Brian Pettenati (Mystic 8 & 9) led the tours. Ms. Seiders and Alisa Bettale, who taught the students as freshman in the Introduction to Engineering Design class, accompanied the students.
Exelon is a Fortune 100 company that works in every stage of the energy business: power generation, competitive energy sales, transmission and delivery. As the nation's leading competitive energy provider, Exelon does business in 48 states, D.C., and Canada. It employs approximately 33,400 people nationwide.
The students who went on the field trip are enrolled in the STEM Early Engineering Design (SEED) pathway in the Science, Technology, and Engineering Academy. SEED is a curriculum based on the idea of educating students in four specific disciplines — science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
Exelon’s Mystic facility is an ideal place for our SEED students to tour, as it’s home to dozens of professionals who work in multiple STEM-related fields, utilizing cutting-edge technology and equipment.
QUOTES FROM EHS SOPHOMORES
“I was surprised to learn that their processes for creating power were so efficient and clean. I had assumed they were a lot less clean, since the plant has been there so long. Going on field trips adds to our education because we are able to see what actual engineers are doing out in the real world. It helps us better understand what engineers do and it applies the things we learn in a classroom to things in the real world.”
— Emma Santos
“I enjoyed the tour the most because I got to see many new things like the controls they used to control the fireball and how big the gas turbines and steam turbines are. I have never seen the inside of a power plant.”
— Maria Paula Zubieta Numpaque
“I enjoyed touring the gigantic “rooms” with a multitude of pipes, and to learn how complex a power station actually is. Field trips like this show me how concepts we learn in school relate to the real world.”
— Atlan Linford.
“I enjoyed the tours inside the facilities in Mystic 7, 8, and 9, especially looking at the differences between the Mystic 7 and Mystic 8 and 9. You could see the evolution of the technology from the 1970s to the present especially displayed in the control rooms.”
— Breetika Maharjan