STEM Education (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math)

To complement science and technology curriculum WSSC provides outreach programs, as well as speakers and materials, to help students learn about exciting water-based careers in STEM.

Whether you're looking for a career day presentation, a tour of a wastewater treatment plant, or staff to serve as judges for your school's science or STEM fair we can help. To request a program, please fill out the WSSC Education Tours & Programs form and send completed forms to communityoutreach@wsscwater.com.

WSSC also offers college students the opportunity to learn firsthand about the world of water through our internship program. And don't forget to check out the WSSC-sponsored scholarships.

Along with the programs highlighted above, WSSC also offers:

Fats, Oils and Grease (FOG) Environmental Science Curriculum for Prince George’s County

•	Fats, Oils and Grease (FOG) Environmental Science Curriculum for Prince George’s County Grade SixUsing hands-on learning activities, students explore the environmental impacts of FOG and how solutions used at home and school will keep Maryland’s waterways cleaner and sewer pipes free of FOG.

The program covers how by-products of simple cooking can create contaminants that can clog pipes, restrict water flow and potentially result in sewer back-ups and overflows.  These, in turn, can seep into recreational waterways, where they can harm aquatic life and cause risk of serious human illness.

Through a partnership with the Prince George’s County School District every 6th grade student in the county participates in a FOG lesson. Teachers outside PGCPS can request to have WSSC come to their class to lead the lesson by filling out the WSSC Education Tours & Programs.


Engineering Academy

The Engineering Academy is offered during winter and spring break for students in 9th- 12th grades. This is the perfect program for any student interested in solving real-world problems and learning about the intersection of the water and wastewater industry, engineering and the environment. 

The program offers students a hands-on opportunity to explore the problems that water professionals face on a regular basis. There are two levels of the academy to better meet the needs of students.  Read more information.


Sewer Science

This simulated laboratory for high school students is hosted at one of our wastewater treatment plants. During the day, students create and treat wastewater providing them with a snapshot of the day in the life of a wastewater treatment plant operator. The day includes a tour of the wastewater treatment plant providing students the opportunity to see how WSSC implements the same techniques on a larger scale. This program highlights the importance of math and science in today's careers.

Note that due to limited capacity this program is offered as a lottery system. If you are interested in the program, please contact communityoutreach@wsscwater.com.


Partnership with MD Bio for ATLAS

MdBio LogoAdvancing Tomorrow’s Leaders + STEM (ATLAS) is a one-day college and career symposium hosted by the MdBio Foundation. It is designed to encourage high school juniors, seniors and college undergrads to learn more about careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).  


Science Fair Support

WSSC supports the development of the next generation of scientists and engineers by sponsoring community awards for the ScienceMontgomery and Prince George’s County Area Science Fair.  The special awards are for student research projects related to current challenges to water quality, water filtration, and wastewater treatment.  WSSC staff also serve as judges for school science fairs. 

For more information about our STEM programming, contact the WSSC Community Outreach department at communityoutreach@wsscwater.com or call 301-206-8100.

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