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Fall 2020

STEM Week Challenge

This fall’s STEM Week Challenge meets 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.

The Challenge

SLOW THE SPREAD

In the STEM Week Challenge for grades 9-12, Partners in Health asks high school students to think creatively about one of the greatest STEM challenges of our generation – COVID-19. Using PBLWorks’ project based learning framework, knowledge built from PIH expertise, and also supported by design thinking experts from IBM, students will explore the many challenges individuals may be facing in quarantine and develop original apps to help slow the viral spread in their communities.

ADAPTIVE DESIGN

In the STEM Week Challenge for grades 6-8, Dell Technologies asks middle school students to explore the potential of the technology-human relationship by using the engineering design process to design an adaptive device for persons with paralysis. Also supported by experts from the Bionic Project, a Cambridge-based organization that promotes inclusive environments for those who have to overcome physical challenges, students will build empathy and employ universal design.

BETTER GAMES

In the STEM Week Challenge for grades K-5, the New England Aquarium asks elementary school students to help promote math learning and connect with families virtually. With inspiration from the math games of STMath, students will design and develop their own math game – one that drives math knowledge and meaningful connections between the New England Aquarium and Massachusetts children and families. In addition to partnership with ST Math and the New England Aquarium, we are thrilled to have the Massachusetts STEM Advisory Council as a sponsor of this work.

Industry Connections

Connect with STEM Professionals

You and your students are invited to engage with industry professionals during the 2020 STEM Week Challenge!

Learn 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 your and your school’s schedules.
  3. Virtually engage with relevant industry professionals in October. Learn how here!
  4. Submit student work online by October 23rd to receive authentic feedback from industry professionals, and the chance to win exciting industry prizes! (Not ready to submit quite yet? You can submit for the second deadline by November 25th!)

Teacher Training

Register today!

Sign up for STEM Week Challenge teacher training! Training is tailored per grade band and will take place online! Recognizing the unique circumstances of the beginning of this school year, we are offering an asynchronous training option to allow more educators like you to participate.

Asynchronous training: 1 hour interactive online training + optional live office hour session

 

 

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, Project Lead The Way, and PBLWorks — 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.

Thank you to our curriculum partners:

Thank you to our industry partners:

Questions?

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Connect with STEM Professionals!

Learn more about ways to virtually engage with STEM professionals as part of your STEM Week Challenge experience using the Ask an Expert Forum and Online Challenge Portal