Young girls stand around a table doing science experiments with a teacher
Four Rivers Nuclear Partnership Environmental Remediation Stewardship Manager Megan Mulry shows how groundwater aquifers are affected by contamination using a model at the STEM 4 Girls event.

PADUCAH, Ky. — As women account for about half of U.S. workers in the fields of math and physical science, EM’s Paducah Site continues to ensure young girls are exposed to opportunities in such STEM fields.

That’s why employees from Four Rivers Nuclear Partnership (FRNP), the deactivation and remediation contractor for the Paducah Site, showcased career possibilities during this year’s Paducah Area Chamber of Commerce STEM 4 Girls event. STEM stands for science, technology, engineering and math.

During the event, students explored hands-on activities, demonstrating many of the tools used in the deactivation and cleanup of the Paducah Site.

“It’s important for young women to see the career options available to them, especially those jobs that exist within our region,” FRNP Program Manager Myrna Redfield said. “The impact women who currently work at the site have on the next generation workforce through events like these can’t be understated and I am proud to be a part of an organization committed to providing an example to young girls in our community.”

Young girls stand around a woman controlling a robot
Four Rivers Nuclear Partnership Data Analyst Emily Coriell uses a robot to demonstrate how deactivation crews inspect piping at the Paducah Site during the STEM 4 Girls event.

Women in environmental sampling, nuclear safety, project engineering and data analysis roles at the Paducah Site spoke to girls at this year’s event about the importance of protecting the environment and highlighted new technologies in use at the site, including advancements in robotics for inspection of equipment.

“Events that allow our workforce to promote STEM careers, especially to young women, will help them become our future site leaders,” EM Paducah Site Lead April Ladd said.

Young people will have more opportunities to see how STEM fields translate into careers, Ladd added.

“DOE is encouraged with feedback we’ve received from these events and will continue to share the career opportunities at the Paducah Site with students throughout the region,” she said.

-Contributor: Dylan Nichols