PLTW Suggested Projects

Online Industry Challenge All-Call

Gateway and High School PLTW students as well as STEM Week Challenge participants can submit work before Thanksgiving break to receive authentic feedback from STEM professionals.

Check out the suggested PLTW projects and submission items below. Don’t see the project you have been working on? Any PLTW project that would benefit from industry expert feedback can be submitted.

STEM professionals from across MA are excited to share their expertise and experience! All submitted projects will receive feedback — details here.

Gateway Suggested Projects

  • CSIM: Blinking Sign

    Please submit this Submission Template with the following work components incorporated (as a doc or pdf file) or submit each piece individually:

    • Sign’s Goal Description
    • LED Planning Grid
    • Message Flowchart
    • MakeCode Simulator Link
  • AR: Automation through Programming

    Please submit this Submission Template with the following work components incorporated, (as a doc or pdf file) or submit each piece individually:

    • Target goal of tackled task
    • Documented design process
    • Picture of code
    • Picture of prototype of link to video of prototype in action
  • AC: Germ Fighters App

    Please enter the SHARE URL of your app in the App Inventor GALLERY.

    Note: You must PUBLISH your app from the My Projects page to ADD it to the Gallery. Then click on the SHARE button in the Gallery and copy the SHARE link. DO NOT JUST COPY THE URL AT THE TOP OF THE BROWSER. Watch this video: youtu.be/sn5qI9N7_wE for instructions.

  • DM: Foot Orthosis

    Please submit this Submission Template  with the following work components incorporated (as a doc or pdf file) or submit each piece individually:

    • Design sketches
    • Collaboration reflection
    • Prototype picture or video
  • Other: Any PLTW Project

    Please submit the following work components, each as a single doc or pdf:

    • Brief description of the problem the project was tackling (can be typed-in instead of uploaded)
    • Primary work artifact (pictures, sketches, etc)
    • Project rubric

High School Suggested Projects

  • IED: Reverse Engineering

    Within your submitted work, industry reviewers will specifically be looking for:

    • a brief product description, providing a clear and complete overview of selected product and its function, giving the needed context for the project;
    • that your poster as a whole provides a thorough investigation of the engineering of your selected product, with complete analyses and models that provide valuable insight into the product’s engineering process; and
    • response to the question that shows reflection on the engineering process and your ability to apply learnings forward to future projects.
  • POE: Structural Bridge Design

    Within your submitted bridge design report, industry reviewers will specifically be looking for:

    • Design Brief: description of the problem and constraints
    • Research Summary: Summarize your research related to material selection and bridge truss design
    • Brainstorming Sketches and CAD Designs
    • Modification Sketches: sketches all major modifications.
    • Final Bridge Design
  • CEA: Affordable Housing Design

    Within your submitted work, industry reviewers will specifically be looking for:

    • the client brief that describes the client’s needs and wants and any criteria or constraints you considered while designing;
    • a set of construction drawings the show the scope or your project and design, that can include (but are not limited to) Room/Window/Door Schedule, Floor Plan, 3D Renderings, Section Views, Site Plan Renderings; and
    • response to the reflection questions: (1) What part of the project proved to be the most difficult to complete? Why? (2) Describe one improvement that you would incorporate if given sufficient time and explain how it would make your project better.
  • CSP: Python Program

    Within your submission, industry reviewers will specifically be looking for:

    • description of the problem you solved and your development process and product;
    • developed program code; and
    • video of your program code running
  • Other: Any PLTW Project

    Please submit the following work components, each as a single doc or pdf:

    • Brief description of the problem the project was tackling (can be typed-in instead of uploaded)
    • Primary work artifact (pictures, sketches, etc)
    • Project rubric

STEM Week Challenge Projects

  • Grades 6-8: Adaptive Design

    Submission requirement details can be found in your STEM Week Challenge curriculum materials.

  • Grades 9-12: Slow the Spread

    Submission requirement details can be found in your STEM Week Challenge curriculum materials.