The Indian Point Nuclear Energy Center in Buchanan, NY, recently welcomed York Prep’s 11th Grade Chemistry classes. Located 45 miles north of New York City, Indian Point has supplied more than 20% of the energy for the New York metropolitan area for the past 40 years. It is one of the oldest such facilities in the country.
The chemistry classes met with the power plant’s education coordinator and learned about the history of Indian Point and the details of the inner workings of a nuclear power plant. With no glowing green rods in sight, the students then toured the facility and saw firsthand the energy generating machinery as well as the safety measures implemented to keep the plant and the surrounding communities safe.
Students–along with chaperones Mr. Alex Fletcher, Ms. Monica Ciantia, and Ms. Kim Braun—returned with a new appreciation for how this carbon-free energy source might act as an important piece of a future not dependent on fossil fuels.