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In this PBS Reno STEM Works digital short, we visit our friends at ORMAT Technologies and talk with mechanical engineer Katie Griffith, plant operators Alan Molina and Chris Larabie, as well as shift manager Percy Ramsden to find out what they do and how they do it.


STEM — STEM stands for science, technology, engineering, and math. It represents an interdisciplinary and integrated approach to gathering hands-on experience and applying “real-world” knowledge. People who work in STEM fields use knowledge in science, engineering, technology, or math to understand the world around us and to solve problems.

3D Modeling — 3D modeling is the use of software to create a three-dimensional model of a physical object. Having three dimensions means that an object has length, width, and height.

Auto Mechanic — An auto mechanic performs repairs and tests on vehicles like cars, vans, or trucks to make sure they are in good working condition.

Chemical Reaction — A chemical reaction is a process that occurs when a set of substances undergoes a chemical change to form a different substance or substances.

Green Energy — Green energy is any type of energy that is taken from natural resources, like sunlight, wind, or water. They are usually both renewable and clean, which means that they do not produce greenhouse gases.

Model —A model in STEM can either be a physical representation of an object (usually in science, technology, or engineering) or an idea/concept that is used to help explain, predict, or test something more complex (usually in science and math).

Power Plant — A power plant is a place where electricity is produced. They often use generators powered by turbines to create an electric current.

Pump — A pump is a machine that is used to move liquids from one place to another. They are usually used to move liquids upwards. Pumps need some sort of power to make them work, which can either come from a person or from a motor.

Turbine — A turbine is an engine that turns fluid movement into energy. A simple turbine will have a shaft with a blade attached to it. Moving fluids, such as water or air, push the blades so that they turn with the shaft.

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