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Exploring the World of Public Works is an educational outreach program designed to inform 6th to 8th grade students about public works in an engaging, interactive, and entertaining way! This program teaches middle school students about the many fields that comprise public works, shows how public works improves every community’s quality of life, and explores various public works careers. The straightforward, contemporary curriculum integrates school subjects like social studies, language arts, science, math, and art into the study of important public works topics—construction, parks and recreation, traffic and transportation, water and wastewater, solid waste, and public works professions.

Topics Covered

  • Public Works in the Community
  • Construction
  • Parks and Recreation
  • Traffic and Transportation
  • Water and Wastewater
  • Solid Waste
  • Public Works Careers


  • Increases students’ awareness and appreciation of the public works industry
  • Provides for career exploration in the field of public works
  • Builds on concepts the students were introduced to in Discovering the World of Public Works, APWA's elementary school program
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