Mass STEM Hub Events

Events are powerful extensions of the Project Lead The Way coursework that link students learning to work being done in STEM industries. They also create opportunities for teachers, parents, industry professionals, and students to celebrate student learning.

Types of Student Events


Competitions

Competitions are an opportunity for students to use the skills they have developed in class to compete against students from other schools. Competitions are exciting, celebratory events, that also serve as an opportunity for students to interact with and get feedback from STEM professionals.

Showcases

Showcases are an opportunity for students to present their work to an authentic audience. Sharing their thinking with industry experts provides students with meaningful feedback on their work and a connection to how the same concepts they are learning in class are used in industry by professionals.

College and Career Fairs

College and career fairs allow students to learn about future opportunities in science, technology, engineering, and math. At fairs, colleges and employers bring representatives to engage with students and give them more information about their programs and opportunities. Exposure to future STEM opportunities is important for increasing student interest.

Industry Experiences 

Connecting students and teachers to industry plays an important role in bringing classroom learning to life. There are several types of industry experiences, ranging from field trips and job-shadowing to visiting a classroom and teaching a lesson.

Upcoming Events

 

March

High School Hackathon

TBD

Students work together in teams to solve a coding challenge or build an app to address a real world-based problem. Teams will be given 2-3 hours to work towards a solution and are recognized for their products.

Middle School Hackathon

TBD

Students work together in teams to solve a coding challenge or build an app to address a real world-based problem. Teams will be given 2-3 hours to work towards a solution and are recognized for their products.

 

May 2018

High School PLTW Showcase

TBD

High school students present a project completed as part of a PLTW course on topics such as computer science applications, computer integrated manufacturing, architecture, automation & robotics, and biomedical innovation. Presentations also include senior projects from PLTW capstone courses. Entries from last year included a ski-bike, a folding electric powered scooter, and a 3D printed golf prosthetic.

STEM Signing Day

TBD

Mass STEM will host what it hopes to make an annual tradition to recognize and celebrate high school seniors who intend to study STEM in college. The goal is to celebrate students going to college to pursue STEM the same way we celebrate athletes and celebrities.


June 2018

Boston Children’s Hospital Toy Showcase

June 8th

Middle school students in PLTW Design & Modeling learn the engineering design process and the culminating project challenges students to design, test, and fabricate an adaptive toy for a child with cerebral palsy. Over the 10-week course students learn the engineering design process, critical measurement and mathematical modeling skills, computer-aided design software, and about cerebral palsy. Students will present their design for a toy for a patient with cerebral palsy to doctors who specialize in this area. They will be given real world feedback and an opportunity to meet and interact with professionals as well as see other project designs.

Middle School Design Challenge

TBD

Students work in teams using the engineering design process they learn during PLTW’s middle school program to improve a prototype in order to solve a real world problem. The 2016 challenge was to help a team of students who were volunteering in the rebuilding efforts in Missouri after the floods destroyed homes and businesses across the state. Teams were challenged to develop a working prototype of a cart that could be used by building teams to move materials across a worksite. Teams were provided with a rubber-band powered cart that they tested and refined to meet the design challenges specifications and address a real-world problem.

Are you a current PLTW school? Do you want your students to participate? Email us today to get involved!

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