DREME STEM Academy, GE Leadership Institute Students Visit TECO

Dr. Ronald E. McNair, astronaut, reached for the stars during his career with NASA, so it’s fitting that each year dozens of students are pursuing their career dreams through the Houston-based DREME Science Literacy Foundation, started in his honor.

On July 11, TECO hosted 28 DREME STEM (Science-Technology-Engineering-Mathematics) Youth Academy students on a plant tour and presentation in coordination with the GE Leadership Institute. TECO shared a behind-the-scenes-look at how it produces chilled water and steam for TMC campus institutions and generates power to meet its own electrical needs.

Through DREME’s summer academy, students – sophomores to seniors in high school – participated in STEM-related activities, learned more about leadership tools and the college application process, and built and marketed a drone using additive manufacturing techniques. In coordination with GE, the students were exposed to businesses related to the energy and healthcare industries.

TECO was pleased to welcome the group and its leaders, including Dr. McNair’s widow Cheryl McNair, who founded the DREME Foundation after Dr. McNair passed away in the 1986 Challenger incident. DREME’s vision is that every student, regardless of socioeconomic status, race, or gender, receives exemplary science and technology instruction.

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