STEM Education (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math)

Through innovative education experiences, WSSC Water helps prepare the next generation for careers in engineering and environmental science. Our STEM programs bring WSSC Water staff members from a variety of backgrounds into the community to educate students about the science and technology behind drinking water production and wastewater treatment. They also  introduce students to the variety of careers available in the water industry.

Whether you're looking for a school program, career-day presentation, tour of a water resource recovery facility 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 Water Education Tours & Programs form. See below for further descriptions of programs.

 

A few of our signature programs include:

H2O Careers

WSSC’s H2O Careers programming is offered for students in 9th-12th grades. These are the perfect programs for students interested in solving real-world problems while also learning about the intersection of the water and wastewater industry, engineering and the environment.  

These programs offer students a hands-on opportunity to explore the problems that water professionals face on a regular basis. To best meet the needs of a variety of students, WSSC is now offering two career programs. Read more


Children's Water Festival

One of WSSC’s annual events, the outdoor, Children’s Water Festival provides grade-appropriate, hands-on learning about water and the environment. Our goal is to help students understand the impact everyday habits have on the availability and quality of water- life's essential. Held  during the first full week of May, the festival coincides with National Drinking Water Week. Learn more about the Children’s Water Festival here.


Girl Scouts Wonders of Water Journey

Our Wonders of Water Journey workshop allows scouts to learn about the science and conservation of water. By visiting one of WSSC’s recreation areas and learning about the watershed and source water protection, scouts will be ready to not only LOVE and SAVE water, but also SHARE what they have learned about water. Interested troops should complete the WSSC Education Tours & Programs form to schedule a program. WSSC also hosts an annual journey day on a Saturday in the fall. Details 


Partnership with Learning Undefeated

WSSC is a proud sponsor of Learning Undefeated, a non-profit organization that provides innovative and experiential science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) experiences for high needs communities to inspire students to imagine their own success.

WSSC’s sponsorship includes funding for Learning Undefeated’s mobile laboratories as well as their ATLAS (Advancing Tomorrow’s Leaders + STEM) symposium. ATLAS is a one-day college and career event designed to provide a space for students typically underrepresented in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) to connect with business leaders, colleges, government, and potential employers.


Internships

WSSC offers college students the opportunity to learn firsthand about the world of water through our internship program. Be sure to check out the WSSC-sponsored scholarships that are offered. 


Sewer Science

This simulated laboratory for high school students is hosted at one of our water resource recovery facilities (WRRFs). During the day, students create and treat wastewater giving them a snapshot of the day in the life of a WRRF operator. The day includes a tour of the WRRF, which provides 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: Due to limited capacity, this program is offered as a lottery system. If you are interested in the program, please contact communityoutreach@wsscwater.com.


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 form.

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