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About the Event

Note: the archived 1:30pm program is playing above. You can also watch the archived 10:30am, 4:30pm, and 6:30pm programs on our YouTube channel.

In partnership with The Center for Science (a national network of leading science centers), National Geographic Education, and GE, JASON Learning is excited to present a day of live, interactive programs designed to complement the "Connect! Transform the Future" project, which aims to teach kids about the future of energy and inspire the next generation of engineers and scientists.

Building on JASON Live's STEM Careers series, these events will focus on careers related to renewable wind energy. Wind turbines are becoming more and more sophisticated and can be connected to the industrial Internet to take advantage of network technologies that help increase efficiency. Alongside these developments, the skills required to design, build, maintain and manage wind farms are constantly evolving, and the career opportunities related to wind energy are growing at a rapid rate.

During the live event, JASON will connect audiences with STEM role models who are currently working in the wind energy industry. These role models will answer live and pre-submitted questions from students, teachers, and science center visitors.

We'll be joined in the JASON studios by Kathleen O'Brien. Kathleen manages the Electric Power Systems group at the GE Global Research Center in Niskayuna, New York.  Her group focuses on all aspects of power systems engineering including the integration of renewables to the electric grid, High-Voltage DC technologies, protection, wide-area measurement systems, and power system analytics. She holds a Dr.-Ing. degree from Dresden University of Technology, Germany, an MSEE from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and a BSEE from the University of Wisconsin – Madison.

Additionally, the event will feature STEM role models currently working at wind parks and the control center that monitors them, including operations managers, turbine technicians, wind farm support specialists, and power systems operators.

About Connect! Transform the Future

This live event is a part of National Geographic’s Connect! Transform the Future project. For this project, National Geographic Education designed educational materials to bring students in Grades 4-12 content about energy sources, energy efficiency, and energy conservation. These free, online education resources are standards-based materials created for teachers and informal educators to use to engage students in science, social studies, and geography concepts related to energy. Visit to find the full collection, which will include the live event video after the October event has taken place.


Made possible by

National Geographic Education, Center for Science, GE