Events are powerful extensions of the PLTW coursework that maximize the curriculum’s impact for students and link students to industry. Events also allow teachers, parents, industry professionals, and students to celebrate student learning. Over the course of the school year, Mass STEM Hub hosts a wide range of events including:
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 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.
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.
Past Student Events
At the fair, students not only met with college representatives but also, industry professionals from GE, Sunpower, and Shepley Bulfinch to learn about different career pathways and received valuable information about earning college credit for their PLTW coursework, scholarship opportunities, and information and tips about the college application process from the American Assistance Program and the Massachusetts Education Finance Authority.
Thank you to the high schools, colleges, and partners who joined us for this inaugural event! We are excited to grow the STEM College Fair in future years!
College Credit & Scholarships
After completing Project Lead The Way coursework, students are prepared with the knowledge and skills to continue on their STEM education journey. PLTW offers the possibility for students to earn college credit while still in high school. Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI), Massachusetts’ PLTW affiliate offers college credit for PLTW students. Learn more here.
To see other college and university partners or to learn more about post-secondary opportunities visit the PLTW website.
To view scholarship opportunties available for students interested in pursuing STEM degrees, click here.
Virtual Design Challenge
Students enrolled in Project Lead The Way courses may participate in the monthly Virtual Design Challenges. The virtual design challenge serves as a great way for students to extend their learning and curiosity outside of the classroom while using their knowledge of the engineering design process. Each month, a new challenge will be posted. Students may work individually or in teams to meet the challenge. Students will document their journey, paying particular attention to testing and modifications. At the end of the month, students will upload their entry form and accompanying videos and/or photos to be judged by industry professionals. Winners will be announced by the second week of the following month. Learn more about the virtual design challenge.
STEM Premier helps connect students to next steps in creating a pathway to future careers in STEM. Students can showcase their work from Project Lead The Way courses by creating a portfolio and highlight their skills, talents, and experiences. Colleges and companies search STEM Premier to help identify students for academic and career opportunities. Visit STEM Premier.