MEDIA ADVISORY:Game On!
WSSC Interns Develop Video Games to Educate Thousands of Maryland Students - MdBio Foundation to Incorporate Games into STEM Curriculum
OFFICE OF COMMUNICATIONS AND COMMUNITY RELATIONS
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Laurel, Md. – August 9, 2017 – Think Pac-Man in a pipe... that’s what WSSC’s IT interns have been clicking away at this summer.
While other companies’ interns may have been filing, copying and doing other busy work, the IT interns at WSSC were busy developing Water Works, a collection of video games that will be used to educate local students about the world of water and wastewater.
WSSC’s IT Interns will be showcasing the newly created video games inside MdBio’s state-of-the-art, 1,000-square-foot mobile laboratory.
Date: Friday, August 11, 2017
Time: 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Location: 6100 Frost Place, Laurel
Foundation’s Mobile eXploration Lab
(2 blocks from the WSSC Headquarters)
The games take players underground, and inside pipes and plants. In one game, players navigate a water drop character through the treatment process, avoiding things like microbes to help them better understand what it takes to make safe, clean drinking water. Another game features fire hydrants, helping students make the connection between water and pressure so firefighters can always do their jobs. Every game has a career component to open students’ eyes to jobs they might not otherwise know about in the water and wastewater industry.
Thanks to a partnership with MdBio Foundation, the video games will be integrated into MdBio’s science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) curriculum and taught onboard the state-of-the-art Mobile eXploration Lab (MXLab). MdBio serves 10,000 high school students across Maryland each year with the MXLab - the country’s largest, most advanced mobile laboratory. The mobile lab was custom-designed by MdBio to expand technology and laboratory science experiences and pique students’ interests in STEM learning and careers.
EDITOR’S NOTE: This event provides numerous photo opportunities with the IT interns offering a “show and tell” of the newly developed Water Works video games, which will be playing on multiple screens inside the nearly 1,000-square-foot MXLab.
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About MdBio Foundation: MdBio Foundation is a non-profit organization that provides innovative, effective and experiential science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education and workforce development opportunities to underserved communities. MdBio’s interdisciplinary approach uses STEM to explore a real-world, problem-centric curriculum that bridges school, community, health and business. The foundation’s flagship program is a mobile laboratory for high schools that has provided quality educational experiences to more than 150,000 students throughout the state of Maryland since its launch in 2003. MdBio also operates other celebrated STEM education programs, such as the Young Science Explorers Program for middle school students, the Maryland BioGENEius Award, and ATLAS: Advancing Tomorrow’s Leaders in STEM college and career symposium. Visit www.mdbiofoundation.org or follow on social media @MdBioFoundation.
For 100 years, WSSC has proudly served the citizens of Prince George’s and Montgomery counties – providing drinking water that has always met strict Safe Drinking Water Act standards and protecting the environment through vital water resource recovery services. Our vision is to be THE world-class water utility, where excellent products and services are always on tap.