ESCATAWPA, MS (WLOX) - Some Moss Point students got a unique opportunity this week to see what goes on inside a power plant. Mississippi Power Plant Daniel hosted tours to launch its partnership with the Moss Point School District. There are several reasons why the plant is putting so much energy into this new mentoring program.
More than 60 sixth graders from Magnolia Middle School took on the "green machine" challenge Friday. The bicycle contraption forces your body to create energy. The harder you pedal, the more bubbles you make.
Outside, another group of students watched a cool experiment to see what can happen when you mix regular Coke and Diet Coke with Mentos candy. It looked like a small volcanic eruption.
"It was awesome," said sixth grader Israel Davison.
"I really think it's exciting," said sixth grader Gregory Johnson.
Mississippi Power Plant Daniel hosted the demonstrations as part of its new mentoring program with Moss Point schools.
"We want them to see what we do. Often times they're coming up and down Highway 63, and they pass the Mississippi Power Plant Daniel sign, but they don't know what goes on in here. It's amazing how many children, as well as some adults think when I flip that switch, power is just coming out of my wall," said Kim Washington, Plant Daniel Compliance and Support Manager.
The students got a chance to tour the plant and meet the people behind the equipment who help keep the power on. Along the way, they learned about jobs tied to STEM, which stands for science, technology, engineering and math.
"It's a really good place for electrical engineer," said Gregory.
"I want to do engineering," said Israel.
The plant employees will also volunteer at schools in Moss Point to help with science fairs, robotics projects and career guidance. Their visits could generate more interest in careers close to home.
"I think it's a very exciting opportunity for them to come and visit our children and I believe it will motivate them tremendously," said Magnolia Middle School Teacher Victoria Goff.
"Mississippi Power is very big on education and we're very active in the community. Moss Point is where we live and grow and we firmly believe that it takes a village to raise a child. We are the center of that village and we want to embrace the children and get them off to a great start," said Washington.
On Thursday, more than 80 sixth grade girls from Magnolia Middle School also visited the plant. Another tour is planned for October for Moss Point High School students.