STEM Learning about Electricity, Water, and Public Infrastructure

In TCEA’s home state of Texas, a massive winter storm affected each the the state’s 254 counties last week. While rolling blackouts were expected, days-long, unplanned outages have occurred across the state. With roads impassable, many were stuck at home. Water utilities have also struggled without power, causing water service outages and boil water notices for millions, even as electricity, which most Texans use for both heat and cooking, remained off.

In the coming weeks and months, communities — and students — are likely to raise questions about how public works like water and electric actually operate. Luckily, there are a number of online resources for educators to explore these topics. In the process, students can build an understanding not only of their role as citizens, but about science, math, and engineering in particular, the STEM subjects.

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