World of Energy launches summer education series

By: Staff Report

SENECA – Duke Energy’s World of Energy (WOE) at Oconee Nuclear Station is launching its popular “Wednesdays at the WOE” summer education series, providing an opportunity for kids of Upstate South Carolina to learn about science in a fun and engaging way.

Four programs are scheduled, beginning on June 21 and continuing on June 29, July 12 and July 19. Designed for children ages 6-12, these free activities begin at 10 a.m. and are open to the public, though registration is required for select events.

Wednesdays at the WOE programs take place each summer, providing hands-on, science-based activities sure to cure summer boredom while spurring imagination in our young guests.

“We’re nearing our 50th anniversary in 2019, and education offerings like these have been the lifeblood of the World of Energy since 1969,” said Chris Rimel, World of Energy manager. “Wednesdays at the WOE events are good times to bring that magic as learning happens when the student doesn’t know it is – because it’s fun!”

Wednesday, June 21

A fun, kid-friendly and interactive introduction to the total solar eclipse that’s headed our way on Aug. 21. Following the presentation, stick around for a special showing of the Loony Tunes classic, “Bugs Bunny in King Arthur’s Court,” in which everyone’s favorite rabbit outwits Elmer Fudd (again) with the help of a timely eclipse.

Wednesday, June 28

Our good friends from YouthLink STEM Xtreme will be on hand demonstrate how to build robots! Kids will watch a brief video, then break into teams to build robotic chariots for a race around the World of Energy! This is one you won’t want to miss.

Wednesday, July 12 (RSVP required)

Hands-on science! Get your hands dirty with fun science experiments. Make kinetic sand, slime and other fun items. Best of all? You get to take it home with you (sorry, moms and dads.) Register here.

Wednesday, July 19 (RSVP required)

Roper Mountain Science Center’s mobile StarLab is coming to the World of Energy with its newest exhibit, which gives kids a close-up view of a total solar eclipse. Participants will learn about how solar eclipses happen, the alignment of the sun, moon and earth, and how to get the best look at the real deal on Aug. 21. Two sessions are being offered, at 10 a.m. and again at 11 a.m. RSVP is required, and space is limited. Use this link to sign up today!

Rimel said Wednesdays at the WOE programs are the perfect way to educate and enlighten Upstate students by exposing them to the wonders of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

Whether you’re looking to fill an hour or an entire afternoon, Duke Energy’s World of Energy at Oconee Nuclear Station has plenty to keep you educated and enlightened. Many guests enjoy starting with the educational exhibits located inside our education center. From there, you can tour our butterfly garden or take a walk along our nature trail. Picnic shelters, located along the beautiful shores of Lake Keowee, are available for those who want to end their visit with an outdoor lunch.

The oldest continually operating nuclear education center in the world, the World of Energy hosts events throughout the year, including concerts, outdoor movies, guest speakers, community forums and much more.

For more information, contact the World of Energy at 864-873-4600 or visit

Staff Report