Volunteer Opportunities

See below for volunteer opportunities at our upcoming spring events & beyond.  From hackathons to showcases – volunteer to connect with our young STEM leaders in the Commonwealth.   

 

High School Showcase & STEM Signing Day

May 16th @ WPI, Worcester, MA

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 prosthetic hand. Industry volunteers may either serve as a judge or an event volunteer. As a judge, professionals engage with students as they present their projects, ask questions, provide feedback, and evaluate student work against a Mass STEM Hub created rubric. As an event volunteer, industry professionals provide valuable support to the Mass STEM Hub team in a role that is not student-facing.

Time Commitment: Half Day

Age group: High school

See details here.

Sign up here!

 

Middle School Design Challenge North Central Region

May 3oth @ Sky View Middle School, Leominster, MA

Middle school students compete in teams on a design challenge. Students will use their knowledge of the engineering design process to tackle a real-world simulated challenge. At last year’s event, students had to refine a model of a rubber band car that would be able to transport a load at least 4 feet. The design challenge is a great way to interact with students as they are grappling with a problem first hand. As a judge, you will interact with students, offer feedback on their designs, and evaluate student work for awards and prizes. To learn more sign up below.

Time Commitment: Half Day

Age group: Middle school

Sign up here!

 

Boston Children’s Hospital Middle School Design Showcase

June 8th –Merck Research Laboratories, Boston, MA

Middle school students who have taken the PLTW Design and Modeling course present toy designs for adaptive toys for children with Cerebral Palsy. Top student teams from PLTW middle schools will present prototypes and judges will score projects for recognition at the end of event. If you are interested in signing up to judge or learning more about the event, sign up below.

Time Commitment: Half Day

Age group: Middle School

See details here.

Sign up here!

 

Greater Boston Food Bank Student Hackathon

June 14th @ Greater Boston Food Bank, Boston, MA

PLTW students who have taken computer science courses at the middle and high school level will work in teams to design an app to enable communities to run more effective food drives. To learn more sign up below.

Time Commitment: Half Day

Ager group: Middle School, High School

See details here.

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PTLW Middle School Design Challenge Central Region

Late May/Early June; Location TBD

Middle school students compete in teams on a design challenge. Students will use their knowledge of the engineering design process to tackle a real-world simulated challenge. At last year’s event, students had to refine a model of a rubber band car that would be able to transport a load at least 4 feet. The design challenge is a great way to interact with students as they are grappling with a problem first hand. As a judge, you will interact with students, offer feedback on their designs, and evaluate student work for awards and prizes. To learn more sign up below.

Time Commitment: Half Day

Age group: Middle school

Sign up here!

 

PTLW Middle School Design Challenge South East Region

Late May/Early June; Location TBD

Middle school students compete in teams on a design challenge. Students will use their knowledge of the engineering design process to tackle a real-world simulated challenge. At last year’s event, students had to refine a model of a rubber band car that would be able to transport a load at least 4 feet. The design challenge is a great way to interact with students as they are grappling with a problem first hand. As a judge, you will interact with students, offer feedback on their designs, and evaluate student work for awards and prizes. To learn more sign up below.

Time Commitment: Half Day

Age group: Middle school

Sign up here!

 

PTLW Middle School Design Challenge Metro North Region

Late May/Early June; Location TBD

Middle school students compete in teams on a design challenge. Students will use their knowledge of the engineering design process to tackle a real-world simulated challenge. At last year’s event, students had to refine a model of a rubber band car that would be able to transport a load at least 4 feet. The design challenge is a great way to interact with students as they are grappling with a problem first hand. As a judge, you will interact with students, offer feedback on their designs, and evaluate student work for awards and prizes. To learn more sign up below.

Time Commitment: Half Day

Age group: Middle school 

Sign up here!

 

PTLW Middle School Design Challenge Northeast

Late May/Early June; Location TBD

Middle school students compete in teams on a design challenge. Students will use their knowledge of the engineering design process to tackle a real-world simulated challenge. At last year’s event, students had to refine a model of a rubber band car that would be able to transport a load at least 4 feet. The design challenge is a great way to interact with students as they are grappling with a problem first hand. As a judge, you will interact with students, offer feedback on their designs, and evaluate student work for awards and prizes. To learn more sign up below.

Time Commitment: Half Day

Age group: Middle school

Sign up here!

 

Ongoing: Become a judge of Mass STEM Hub’s Virtual Design Challenge (~2 hours per month)

Mass STEM Hub is launching an online design challenge for middle school students on October. There will be an engineering design challenge released once a month for students to complete on their own time – with friends, family members, or with teachers after school as a club or an enrichment.   The design challenges will mimic the work and engineering design process that students learn in class. We are seeking 5-10 industry volunteers to serve on our panel of judges to review the submissions at the end of the month, provide brief feedback to students, and select the winner.

Time Commitment: ~2 hours per month, virtually

Age group: Elementary, middle, and high school

Sign up here!

 

Serve as a senior capstone mentor (2-3 sessions per year)

Attend a workshops organized by Mass STEM Hub for high school seniors who are completing an engineering or biomedical capstone project. Attended by 50+ students and teachers from 10+ schools, these workshops provide a fun, creative environment for students to interact one-on-one with peers and mentors and brainstorm or refine their problem statements in small groups. During the workshop, Mass STEM Hub will also provide more details for the showcase and STEM sign day that will take place in May.

Sign up here!