Outreach to Kindergarten-5th Grades

Discovering the World of Public Works introduces children (K-5) to the multifaceted and exciting world of public works.This curriculum provides everything you need to educate children about public works and its role in their daily lives.  You can use the three-part curriculum for giving presentations at community events, public works celebrations, and at schools for "Career Days." With this program, you can:

  • Introduce children to four key areas of public works: construction, traffic and transportation, solid waste, and water and wastewater
  • Inform children about basic public safety concepts
  • Stimulate children's interest in public works as a career choice
  • Increase society's awareness of what public works employees do for our community

Discovering the World of Public Works Training Package


  • One Instructor's Guide
  • 25 copies of Workbook for Children
  • 25 copies of Chipper's Adventures in Public Works


Instructors Guide

The Instructors' Guide contains complete lesson plans, learning objectives, time allotment, vocabulary works, worksheets, activities and resources.  And it allows the instructor to choose those subject areas that are most appropriate for the audience and time frame. View a Sample.

Discovering the World of Public Works Workbook for Children
The Workbook for Children is 28 pages containing puzzles, worksheets, word games, coloring pages, writing exercises and other activities. It is divided into two levels: Basic K-2nd grade, and Chipper's Challenge activities geared to 3rd-5th grade. Additional copies may be purchased separately. View a Sample.

Chipper's Adventures in Public Works Chapter book
This 36-page, fully illustrated book is written at a 3rd grade level. There is a quiz at the end of the book to test the children's comprehension of the story.  Available for purchase as a separate item. Reduced rates available when additional copies of this book are purchased with the training package, call 800-848-2792 for discount pricing.
View a Sample. 

Order Discovering the World of Public Works in the APWA Store.
2019 PAWS Print

What is Public Works? Children’s Video

APWA is excited to introduce What Is Public Works? for children. In this video, children will learn about water and wastewater, solid waste, traffic and transportation, and construction. The video promotes awareness and understanding of public works in the community, and features people who keep our communities a safe place to live, work and play. Help teach our next generation of children that “public works is everywhere you look!”

REMEMBER – It all starts with YOU! Make the connection by sharing and teaching children what public works is all about!

How to download the video

Right-click on the desired video link and select "Save Link As" or "Save Target As". When the Save As window appears select the location you wish to store the file and select Save. The download times will vary based on your current internet connection.

Apple/Macintosh users use Control+click in place of right-click.
2019 PAWS Print

2019 PAWS Print Now Available!

This 12-page newspaper created for students in grades K–5 contains stories, fun facts, illustrations, activities and much more for students to learn all about public works!

This is a downloadable PDF file that can be read on screen, shown on a classroom smart board, or printed for distribution to students in your community.