The Foundation for Water and Energy Education (FWEE) held its second annual Hydropower and STEM Career Academy in Wenatchee in June. The academy, which is hosted by the Chelan County PUD, aims to teach high school students about the job opportunities and benefits of working in hydropower.

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The week-long academy gives more than 20 students the opportunity to see hydro plants in action, talk to diverse employees – including divers, electrical engineers, civil engineers, fish biologists, and more – who work in the industry, and complete hands-on projects to better understand how hydro works. For example, all students build a generator and turbine to generate electricity to power a string of lights.