Visit Local Workplaces: City of Lebanon Waste Water Plant
Wednesday, October 15, 2008, twelve Upper Valley employers welcomed
over 20 local teachers to their worksites. Teachers saw firsthand
how the skills they are teaching play out in the workplace while
exploring local resources and developing curriculum ideas to bring
back to their school.
Workplaces hosting tours included: AVA Gallery, Co-op Food Stores
Graphic Design Department, Co-op Food Stores Dietician, Dartmouth
Dining Services, Dartmouth Printing Company, Hypertherm, Lebanon
Waste Water Plant, Northern Stage, Saint Gaudens National Historic
Site, Stryker Biotech, Sweet Spot Digital and Tele Atlas.
One of the many interesting site tours offered was the City of Lebanon
Waste Water Plant adjacent to the Connecticut River in West Lebanon.
The tour, led by Don Schagen, explored how water is collected in
the Mascoma Reservoir, transported naturally by the Mascoma River
to pumping stations along the river – from where water is
diverted to homes and businesses. Then residential and business
waste is combined with storm water drainage, which flows by gravity
in underground pipes (or by pump when going over a hill) to the
wastewater treatment center. Our local water treatment center sends
waste or sludge through a four-step process that removes large debris
and small particulate matter, then bacteria is added to the sludge,
which decomposes the organic material. After the bacteria brakes
down the organic material, the bacteria are removed, and finally
the water is disinfected and tested before being released into the
The information and resources Mr. Schagen shared leads to many potential
classroom lessons: mapping projects, environmental lessons relating
to river chemistry, and laboratory chemistry and biology experiments
that mimic those happening at the wastewater treatment site.
Following all of the workplace tours, educators gathered together
at Stryker Biotech in West Lebanon for sharing and discussion of
their experiences. Participants generated tangible ideas for integrating
what they discovered into their classrooms. In response to evaluation
questions, 100% said they would participate in Educator in the Workplace
again and recommend it to their colleagues. One teacher said the
event was an “amazing opportunity to access community learning
and career options” for students.
you to the following EITW 2008 workplace hosts:
Co-op Food Stores
Dartmouth Dining Services
Dartmouth Printing Company
Lebanon Waste Water Plant
Sweet Spot Digital
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