Students get their hands dirty with sewer science

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Montgomery County high school students are putting on rubber gloves and eye-protective wear to dive into the “real-world” of science, in honor of National Engineering Week.
 
Tuesday, Einstein High School students visited a wastewater treatment plant in Germantown for a tour and engaged in hands-on experiments.
 
In teams, these student-scientists mirrored basic chemical experiments, like pH and turbidity tests, to assure the water’s safety.
 
The plant’s general manager said the goal is to stimulate an excitement for engineering and help diversify the field.
 
“Once you’re in the environment where the application of science and math takes place, a lot of light bulbs go off in people’s heads,” said Carla Reid, General Manager of Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission. “The connection is made as to what you learned in school versus how it really works in real life.”
 
Reid said WSSC sees a lot of students participating in its programs and internships eventually obtain full-time jobs with the commission, joining the team of scientists and engineers.

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