San Francisco, CA— The San Francisco Public Utilities Commission’s (SFPUC) and its social impact partners, Stantec, Wood Group PLC, McMillen Jacobs Associates, and Black and Veatch will participate in Tuolumne County’s annual Engineers and Scientists in Schools Week, taking place from March 11 – 15.
During the program, scientists and engineers will visit more than a dozen classrooms throughout Tuolumne County, where they will lead interactive science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) activities and share their career journeys with children from kindergarten through 12th grade. The weeklong series of events will coincide with Pi Day on March 14.
“Our agency is fortunate to both work in and provide education opportunities in Tuolumne County,” said SFPUC General Manager Harlan L. Kelly, Jr. “For the third year in a row, we’ve volunteered with Engineering and Scientists in Schools, helping to spark student interest in careers in the STEM and utilities industries, while providing professionals with volunteer opportunities that enrich their lives and empower the next generation of leaders.”
Led by the Tuolumne County Superintendent of Schools Office, in collaboration with staff and partners of the SFPUC, 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.
“There are 7 million engineers and scientists in our country finding solutions to problems, creating devices that save lives, and inventing gadgets that make everyday living better,” said Cathy Parker, County Superintendent, Tuolumne County Superintendent of Schools Office. “We are honored to work alongside the SFPUC, its partners and the 11 school districts to provide STEM experiences to students in our county and encourage them to consider STEM careers that can make our future world a better place.”
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.
“As a resident of Tuolumne County and a professional engineer, I am proud of the work the SFPUC is doing in our schools to share opportunities for students to learn about science and engineering” said Margaret A. Hannaford, the Division Manager of Hetch Hetchy Water and Power, SFPUC, who oversees the SFPUC’s infrastructure upgrades in Tuolumne County. “I am grateful for the opportunity to live and work in Tuolumne and find ways to give back to our community.”
About the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission
The San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC) is a department of the City and County of San Francisco. It delivers drinking water to 2.7 million people in the San Francisco Bay Area, collects and treats wastewater for the City and County of San Francisco, and generates clean power for municipal buildings, residents, and businesses. The SFPUC’s mission is to provide customers with high quality, efficient and reliable water, power, and sewer services in a manner that values environmental and community interests and sustains the resources entrusted to our care. Learn more at www.sfwater.org.