High School Students Explore STEM Careers for National Engineers Week (VIDEO & PHOTOS)

Students from across the country including students from Montgomery County Public Schools are participating in National Engineers Week to learn about careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM).

With safety gloves on, lab coats snapped tight and goggles to protect their eyes, students from Albert Einstein High School are learning about the sewer system and waste water at the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission (WSSC) in Germantown.

“We’re taking waste water and we’re trying to purify it, not to drink, but to see how the process works of cleaning it,” said Jha Whitcomb, a student at Albert Einstein High School.

This program is a part of National Engineers Week, and organizers say the goal of this hands-on experience is to engage students with STEM for future career opportunities.

“We really want to drive the point home and make the connection between what they learn in the classroom and what it means in real life on a job,” said Carla Reid, a general manager at WSSC.

“With the climb of students entering careers related to math and science, it’s important to get students involved. It’s  session planning. They’re the next generation of engineers and chemists so that’s why it’s important to do programs such as this,” said Angela Ballard-Landers, community outreach coordinator, WSSC.

Mitti Hicks

About Mitti Hicks

Mitti Hicks is a multimedia journalist and community engagement specialist with Montgomery Community Media. She is passionate about telling stories that impact our community and may be reached at MHicks@mymcmedia.org and on Twitter @mittimegan.

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