Student Opportunities

Massachusetts Project Lead The Way (PLTW) students explore pathways into future careers in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). Mass STEM Hub collects & posts opportunities related to PLTW for students.

Events

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 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 are 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.

Recently Completed Student Events

Boston Children’s Hospital Design Showcase

PLTW middle school students have an opportunity to present their designs for their therapeutic toy for a child with Cerebral Palsy to doctors, practitioners, patients and other STEM professionals. 

IBM IX Workshop Day

Middle school PLTW students had an opportunity to learn with industry professionals about the IBM design thinking process. Students learned to problem solve with the user in mind when developing solutions. 

Hackathon at The Greater Boston Food Bank 

PLTW computer science students participate in a hackathon to create a mobile app to help community groups run effective food drives. 

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 opportunities available for students interested in pursuing STEM degrees, click here.

STEM Premier

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.