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Fall 2020

STEM Week Challenge

This fall’s STEM Week Challenge will meet K-12 students, teachers, and schools where they are — whether virtually or back in the classroom. No expensive materials. No complicated application. Just high-quality content for educators like you to do what you do best: help students learn and grow.

Top 5 Reasons to Participate

  • It's high-quality

    We’ve partnered with creators of high-quality, proven STEM applied learning curriculums that students and educators love — ST Math, PBLWorks, and Project Lead The Way — as well as exciting, relevant industry partners. Content will be standards-aligned and tailored per grade band.

  • It's meaningful

    Students will apply STEM knowledge and skills they learn through the engaging, industry-advised content to create novel solutions to real-world problems. Students will have the opportunity to submit their work to receive authentic feedback from industry experts.

  • It's flexible

    We know school may not look like it did last fall. We are working with our partners to make sure STEM Week 2020 content can be implemented virtually or in person, with approximately 10 hours of content that can be put into action during a timeframe that works for your school’s schedule. Plus, teacher training is online and no more than 2 hours!

  • It's supported

    Educators have more on their plates than ever. STEM Week 2020 will provide you with high-quality, engaging content to implement with your students. We will provide training, student facing materials, and a teacher guide. Plus, you’ll have the support of Mass STEM Hub to help you along the way!

  • It's free!

    There is no cost to participate. By signing up, you will receive free teacher training, free digital student materials and teacher resources, free opportunities for virtual industry engagement, and more.

How it works

  1. Sign up for teacher training. Training is online and no more than 2 hours.
  2. Implement the ~10 hours of content virtually or in person with your students this fall when it works best for you and your school’s schedules.
  3. Virtually engage with relevant industry professionals in October.
  4. Submit student work online to receive authentic feedback from professionals!

Teacher Training

Sign up for STEM Week Challenge teacher training!  Training is tailored per grade band, will take place online and will be no more than 2 hours!  Choose from two remaining training dates in September.

Register now!

  • K-5



    Tues., Aug 11 at 11am

    Tues., Aug 11 at 2pm

    Tues., Sep 15 at 3pm

    Wed., Sep 16 at 3pm

  • 6-8

    Middle School


    Wed., Aug 12 at 11am

    Wed., Aug 12 at 2pm

    Tue., Sep. 15 at 3pm

    Wed., Sep 16 at 3pm

  • 9-12

    High School


    Tues., Aug 11 at 2pm

    Wed., Aug 12 at 11am

    Tue., Sep. 15 at 3pm

    Wed., Sep 16 at 3pm

Register today!

Sign up for online teacher training. Training is online and no more than 2 hours. Two training dates still available in September.



The Challenge

Through the STEM Week Challenge, students will tackle real-world problems.

  • K-5: Working with our partners at ST Math, students will use a Maker/engineering design process to design and build their own high quality math game
  • 6-8: Students will use the engineering design process to build an adaptive prototype for persons with paralysis. Students will build empathy and employ universal design with the expertise of local industry professionals.
  • 9-12: Working with our partners at PBLWorks (formerly the Buck Institute), students will tackle one of the greatest STEM challenges of our generation. In this project, high school students will engage in a design thinking process and develop original apps to engage teens in COVID-19 contact tracing, with the goal of tracing the virus’ path and slowing viral spread in their communities

Stay tuned for more information!

Challenge Designers

Industry Partners

Stay tuned for an announcement of STEM Week Challenge 2020 industry partners!


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Get in touch

Registration is open for STEM Week Challenge 2020!

Learn more about this fall’s STEM Week Challenge and register for online teacher training!