The Student Technical Enrichment Program (STEP) is a science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) educational outreach program for 7th and 8th grade students. STEP, provides educational experiences that heighten the interest of students in STEM.
Cleveland Water and Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District (NEORSD) work together to provide STEP students with educational tours, develop linkages between students’ educational institutions and businesses within their community, and establish a foundation where students can envision themselves in a STEM profession.
- Identifying students who have interest in mathematics and science.
- Expanding the pool of high school students who will attend college.
- Providing experiences and educational outreach that will heighten students’ interests in mathematics and science related fields, beyond what they see and learn in a classroom setting.
- Encouraging the average student to pursue any field involving mathematics, science, engineering or technology.
- Assisting the students in becoming aware of the relevance and need to pursue careers in the fields of mathematics, science, engineering and technology.
- Providing educational tours that give them direct access to technological facilities.
- Developing a linkage between the students, the educational institutions, businesses, industry and the community.
- Establishing a foundation whereby students may envision themselves in these fields of work, and causing them to think introspectively about how they can obtain this goal.
The above objectives are accomplished through STEP tours, journal assignments, and homework assignments. STEP tours take place at Cleveland Water’s Treatment Plants, where students learn how Cleveland Water processes and delivers the water from Lake Erie to the homes of our customers: at Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District’s (NEORSD) Southerly Wastewater Treatment Facility where students learned how NEORSD cleans the water before it’s returned to Lake Erie; and places such as Cleveland Public Power, Cleveland Water Pollution Control, NASA Glenn Research Center, National Inventors Hall of Fame, Jergens Manufacturing Company, Youngstown State University, and many more places.
The tours, homework and writing assignments are important to a STEP student’s successful completion of the program. The homework assignments are based on each month’s tour and activities and fortify what the students learned in each class.
The STEP program is held every third Saturday of the month, from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the Department of Public Utilities building in downtown Cleveland. Students start their day with breakfast and end their day completing assigned homework or writing assignments. The program lasts from September through April. If you have program questions please contact Special Events Office at 216.664.2444 ext. 6573.