Whether you’re interested in learning about nuclear energy or drawn by one of its attractions, people of all ages find something to do at the EnergyExplorium, McGuire Nuclear Station’s energy education center. Nestled on the southern tip of Lake Norman in Huntersville, NC (about 10 miles from Charlotte) the EnergyExplorium has been educating young and old minds alike since 1985.
At first glance, McGuire Nuclear Station may seem like an unusual place for social, cultural and educational activity. From the massive, grassy lawn to the tranquil and scenic views of Lake Norman, the EnergyExplorium is a perfect place to not only learn about nuclear power but a great place to see nature in action – from the herds of deer seen on the grounds during the fall and winter months to the butterflies in flight during the warm, summer months.
Each year, approximately 34,000 visitors throughout the United States and as far away as China come to the EnergyExplorium to participate in events, tour the facility’s interactive exhibits and learn about the history of Lake Norman, the state’s largest manmade lake and McGuire’s primary source of cooling.
For nearly 30 years, the EnergyExplorium has served as a liaison between McGuire and its neighbors. Each summer, thousands of visitors come by land and by boat for the Charlotte Symphony concert and outdoor movies. During the school year, staff at the EnergyExplorium roll out the red carpet and welcome students and teachers and offer interactive presentations on topics such as electricity generation and nuclear power. You can also expect the EnergyExplorium to be very involved in supporting National Nuclear Science Week and National Engineering Week. Other events hosted by the site’s energy education center include scout encampments, hunting and fishing days, homeschool days and many more.
But perhaps the best thing about having the EnergyExplorium situated among a community of nearly 220,000 residents is that it helps to promote open conversations about energy, the environment and the role of nuclear energy in meeting the growing demand for cleaner, greener forms of energy. “Once people visit the EnergyExplorium or attend a presentation, the goal is for them to leave with a better understanding of nuclear energy and the important role it will play in the future,” said Christine Pulley, spokesperson for Duke Energy.
For more information about the EnergyExplorium, visit duke-energy.com/energyexplorium or call 980-875-5600.