Aug 28, 2015 by Chris Wood, Ph.D.
The Georgia Model Water Tower Competition continues to grow as a water/sewer industry educational event, in part because of the efforts of water professionals from the Peachtree City Water and Sewerage Authority (PCWASA).
Keisha Lisbon Thorpe, PCWASA Division Manager of Technical Services, chairs the event organizing committee, after having been involved in this public outreach initiative since its inception. Lisbon Thorpe also is Chair of the Georgia Section of the American Water Works Association (GAWWA), which is organizing the event in cooperation with the Georgia Association of Water Professionals (GAWP). PCWASA General Manager Stephen Hogan volunteers during the Competition as a student advisor.
Their efforts along with those of fellow water professionals have facilitated expanding interest in Model Water Towers among middle school students and their teachers.
The 2015 statewide event will feature schools participating at four regional locations. The PCWASA staff will be organizing the competition on Oct. 23rd at Woodland Middle School in Henry County. Other school systems serving as regional sites for this year’s Georgia Model Water Tower Competition include Cobb-Marietta, DeKalb, and Griffin-Spalding County.
The Model Water Tower Competition is designed to provide information to youth about water resource engineering, infrastructure, water treatment and water conservation, all in hopes that some participating students may become future water professionals. In the meantime, the event reinforces STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) Education, which is being stressed by the U.S. Department of Education, through state and local educators, for public school curricula.
Chris Wood, Ph.D.
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