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John Jay Physics Classes Visit Indian Point To Experience Nuclear Energy

John Jay High School's environmental physics classes visited Indian Point to learn about nuclear energy in January. Photo Credit: Katonah-Lewisboro School District
James Panzer's environmental physics classes at Indian Point. Photo Credit: Katonah-Lewisboro School District

LEWISBORO, N.Y. -- John Jay High School’s environmental physics classes had the opportunity to see first hand how nuclear energy is used locally at Indian Point Energy Center in Buchanan Wednesday, Jan. 14 and Thursday, Jan. 15.

“They were given the opportunity to tour the plant’s maze of steam pipes, turbines and security checkpoints,” said environmental physics teacher James Panzer, whose classes visited the center. “The live fish return system into the Hudson River was a particularly fun aspect of the tour.” Indian Point employees spoke with students about how the station generates electricity and thermal energy using nuclear fission. “One highlight was watching prospective nuclear control room operators run through a series of tests in a realistic simulator, complete with sounds and lights that indicate events to which they must respond,” Panzer said. “Our JJHS students were given facts about the history of nuclear energy, how it works and current safeguards and regulations in place so as to form their own opinions.”

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