STEM Week Challenge
We are excited to announce the 2022 STEM Week Challenge. Together with our partners, PBLWorks, this year’s challenge will ask students to grapple with the question, “How can we prepare and inspire people in Massachusetts to pursue STEM careers that have the greatest potential for impact?”
In this STEM Week Challenge, students will research an in-demand STEM career that interests them AND reach out to professionals in those fields. Our goal is to create the space for students to understand how the demand for certain careers is changing and what types of opportunities there will be in the future.
What does the challenge include?
- 10-hours of instructional content and robust student and teacher facing materials
- High-quality teacher professional learning (PL) to support implementation
- Resources for networking with industry professionals to help students learn more about careers and practice network-building
- In-person showcase event at the end of STEM Week to provide authentic audience for students’ work
Watch this short video to learn more.
How to participate
- Sign up for teacher professional learning (PL). Professional learning is offered IN PERSON from 9am-12pm on Saturday, 9/10 in Worcester, and online from 3-5pm on 9/7, 9/15 and 9/19.
- Carve out 10 hours of instructional time during September and October
- Sign up to participate in an end-of-week showcase to connect with industry professionals.
- Are you a PLTW teacher? Check out implementation guidance here
Why this challenge?
Students can’t pursue what they can’t see — the STEM Week Challenge connects what students are learning in class to in-demand, impactful careers they they may never have even heard of before.
It addresses an urgent equity issue
With more than 50% of jobs come from personal connections, the STEM Week Challenge aims to help students develop the relationship building skills and networks needed to find future success. Watch researcher Julia Freeland Fisher explain the importance of supporting students to develop their personal networks here.
We’ve partnered with PBLWorks, experts on designing and facilitating high-quality project based learning (PBL) for all classrooms. The STEM Week Challenge experience is an easy way to provide students with a PBL experience that engages them in a real-world and personally meaningful project.
We know how precious instructional time is. We are working with PBLWorks to make sure that the 10 hours of content can support instruction across multiple content areas by highlighting real-world career connections. Are you a Project Lead The Way teacher? Guidance provided may reduce the instructional hours needed.
Educators have more on their plates than ever. The STEM Week Challenge will provide you with high-quality, engaging content to implement with your students. PBLWorks 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!
There is no cost to participate. By signing up, you will receive free teacher training, free digital student materials and teacher resources, and more.