Science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education is essential for the future success of the students in our communities.
The SFPUC and its social impact partners, Stantec, Wood Group PLC, McMillen Jacobs Associates, and Black and Veatch is participating in Tuolumne County’s third annual Engineers and Scientists in Schools Week, taking place this week, from March 11–15.
Scientists and engineers are visiting more than a dozen classrooms throughout Tuolumne County, where they are leading interactive STEM activities and sharing their career journeys with K-12 students. The week-long series of events coincides with Pi Day (and Albert Einstein’s birthday) on March 14.
Engineers and Scientists in Schools Week aims to help local students make connections to real-world applications of science and engineering, while developing an understanding of career options that are available in these fields. As part of the program, volunteers will lead students through hands-on or interactive activities that relate to their day-to-day careers. In the past, these activities have included building foam bridges and testing their strength, explaining forces and motion using pulleys, and testing water quality.
The SFPUC is working on new projects and programs to repair and seismically upgrade crucial portions of the regional water system that serves 2.7 million people in San Francisco and surrounding Bay Area communities. As the agency collaborates with private firms on these efforts, these partners also support STEM learning opportunities in local Tuolumne schools.