Straight from the Tap

Cleveland STEP Orientation Kicks-off New Program Year


Learning how to discover something new is a great adventure into a whole new world for students participating in the Cleveland STEP program. This past Saturday morning, thirty-six eager new students in grades 6-9 attended the program’s orientation, eager to learn valuable lessons from the Cleveland Water and Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District (NEORSD) highly trained staff. Before students embarked upon an array of fantastic and unimaginable opportunities, they were nourished with a continental breakfast, which fueled and energized their minds and bodies to conquer the exciting day.

The morning began off with a meet-and-greet opportunity with staff, parents, and students. A PowerPoint slideshow presentation and a brief discussion about safety rules and participant expectations followed. In addition, two students from last year’s class were invited to the podium to share their Cleveland STEP experiences. These students were chosen as Student Leaders for this year and will guide the new class through the year.

The orientation was held at NEORSD, after which the students and parents were able to enjoy NEORSD’s annual open house and learn all about wastewater treatment. They toured the Southerly Wastewater Treatment Plant in Cuyahoga Heights and enjoyed hands-on experiences and crafty demonstrations by various vendors present at the open house.

In addition, participants are expected to write about their experiences in journal entries along with an accompanying lesson for the following session. As this year’s program gets underway, participants will continue to explore the world of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) at premier institutions like NASA Glenn Research Center, National Inventor Hall of Fame, NEORSD facilities, and Cleveland Water Treatment Plants.

This year’s beaming students will embark upon an array of dynamic experiences beginning September 16, 2017, through April 2018.