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Rainbow MWD hosts BHS field trip highlighting STEM careers

FALLBROOK – Rainbow Municipal Water District hosted a field trip for Bonsall High School students on April 27. The students learned about various STEM careers in the water industry, including engineering, operations, finance and technology. The field trip was a great success and engaged students in practical learning and hands-on experience.

The field trip began with a session where the students learned how to use a scale ruler to read engineering plans and how to place survey stakes. They observed a pipeline in the ground, a vacuum-assisted trenching demonstration, and how the district locates buried infrastructure with specialized sensors. Additionally, they got to see a wastewater lift station and emergency response trailer.

The students then learned about water meters and the importance of backflow devices to prevent water contamination. Chemistry students learned how to collect water samples and test for chlorine and turbidity from the district's System Operators.

The Information Technology team showed students how they use the SCADA system to read tank and reservoir levels and demonstrated a miniature SCADA system model.

Furthermore, the finance manager explained to the students that accounting is more than just math, but is also about analysis and showed them the practical application of the district's rate model.

The field trip concluded with a session where students learned about the career entry points in the water industry at every level of education, from high school graduation though advanced degrees, and that all the district's jobs use STEM skills to be successful.

"We are delighted to have hosted these young students and provide them with a comprehensive learning experience in the water industry," said Tom Kennedy, general manager of Rainbow Municipal Water District. "Our goal is to inspire the next generation of water professionals and provide them with the knowledge and tools to make a positive impact on our community."

BUSD Superintendent Joseph Clevenger also expressed his appreciation, saying, "It was hands-down the best field trip that high school students have experienced. The students were engaged and excited to learn about these career paths and see first-hand the great work being done at Rainbow MWD."

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