Jackson, Mississippi — October 29, 2018 — In recognition of Energy Awareness Month, the Mississippi Development Authority’s Energy and Natural Resources Division hosted more than 1,000 students from around Mississippi at the annual Energy Awareness Day event held earlier this month at the Mississippi Agriculture and Forestry Museum in Jackson.
The goal of the event is to enhance energy education beyond the classroom by giving students opportunities to learn about careers in the energy sector and how energy and natural resources are an everyday part of life.
“For our state and our country to maintain a dominant position in the energy sector, it is critical that we provide students with a comprehensive understanding of where energy comes from, how we use it and its importance to our economy,” said MDA Executive Director Glenn McCullough, Jr. “Energy Awareness Day offers students and teachers an ideal setting to observe the science of energy through multiple interactive learning stations. It is a great STEM education development opportunity introducing students of various ages to the many exciting careers in the energy industry.”
Energy Awareness Day featured exhibits covering the full range of energy production, from fossil fuels and nuclear power to renewable energy. Presentations on solar and wind power, biomass, recycling, composting and many other learning-based activities and games were also part of the day’s events.
Sponsors and presenters for Energy Awareness Day included Nissan, Atmos Energy, Irby Construction, Entergy, Chevron, Choctaw Tribal Schools, Houston School District, Mississippi Soil & Water Conservation Commission, Entergy Solutions, U.S. Dept. of Energy, Mississippi Agriculture & Forestry Museum, Hinds County Extension-Mississippi State University, Hinds County Soil & Water Conservation District, 25×25, Holmes Community College, Mississippi Forestry Commission, American Association of Blacks in Energy (AABE)-Mississippi Chapter, Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality, Mississippi Department of Transportation, Mississippi Farm Bureau Federation, Mississippi State University, North American Coal, Mississippi Museum of Natural Science and Mississippi School for Mathematics and Science.
Mississippi’s nationally and internationally recognized high school solar car teams were also on hand to demonstrate their solar-powered vehicles and answer students’ questions.
Energy Awareness Day is part of Energy Awareness Month proclaimed by Governor Phil Bryant.