WSSC Celebrates National Engineers Week With Hands-On Activities to Attract Local Students to Careers in STEM

Signature Event: Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day

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OFFICE OF COMMUNICATIONS AND COMMUNITY RELATIONS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 LAUREL, MD – February 17, 2017: Working to build the talent pipeline for future engineers, WSSC is celebrating and promoting STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) education and careers during National Engineers Week (February 18-25). With several hands-on programs for local Maryland students, National Engineers Week is the perfect time to engage students in STEM activities to pique their interest in numerous career opportunities.

“From delivering safe drinking water to our customers to returning clean water back to the environment, engineering is at the core of WSSC’s mission,” said WSSC General Manager and CEO Carla A. Reid.  “My love for math and science drove me to become a civil engineer, and I’m optimistic that WSSC’s extensive involvement in National Engineers Week will help guide local students into this amazing field.”

The four-part series of events kicks off in Washington, DC, at “Discovering Engineering Family Day” on Saturday, February 18, at the National Building Museum. Special editions of WSSC’s Sewer Science and Engineering Academy, two of WSSC’s signature education programs, also are scheduled for February 21.

The week’s most anticipated event is “Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day,” where WSSC female engineers will host 40 7th to 9th-grade girls for a day of engineering engagement and career storytelling. According to the Department of Education, only eight percent of 9th-grade females intend to pursue a STEM career, compared to 27 percent of their male counterparts. This program, featuring General Manager Reid, will help encourage girls to pursue STEM education and, ultimately, a STEM career.

Complete list of WSSC events: 

WHAT:  Discovering Engineering Family Day 
WHO:   Students in 4th  to  12th grades and their families from across the DC region
WSSC engineers and area engineering organizations 
WHERE: National Building Museum
401 F Street, N.W.
Washington, DC (between 4th and 5th Streets)    
WHEN: 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Saturday, February 18, 2017 
   
WHAT:  Sewer Science – Special Edition
WHO: High school students from Montgomery County 
WSSC Wastewater Treatment Plant Engineers and Plant Operators
WHERE: Seneca Wastewater Treatment Plant
12600 Great Seneca Hwy, Germantown, MD 20874
WHEN:  9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Tuesday, February 21, 2017
   
WHAT: Engineering Academy – Special Edition
WHO:   Middle and high school students from Prince George’s, Montgomery, Anne Arundel and Howard counties
WSSC engineers
WHERE:  WSSC Anacostia Depot
101 Lloyd St.
Hyattsville, MD 20781
WHEN:  

 9 a.m.to 2 p.m.
Tuesday, February 21, 2017

   
WHAT:  Introduce a Girl to Engineering
WHO:    7th to 9th-grade female students from Montgomery, Prince George’s and Frederick counties.
WSSC GM/CEO, WSSC Women Engineers, 40 female students
WHERE:   WSSC Headquarters
14501 Sweitzer Lane
Laurel, MD 20707
WHEN:  

10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Thursday, February 23, 2017

Established in 1918, today WSSC is among the largest water and wastewater utilities in the nation. We proudly serve the 1.8 million residents of Prince George’s and Montgomery counties, providing life’s most precious resource. WSSC drinking water has always met or exceeded federal standards.

 

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