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2022-2023 School Year

Student Industry Connects

How it works

1. Check out the projects that can be submitted for feedback here!

Expert educators have carefully selected the PLTW projects and problems that yield the most impactful feedback from industry professionals. All current middle and high school PLTW programs are invited to participate.

2. Stay tuned for the online submission form to open in December and submit work by February 1.

Submit student work online to receive authentic feedback from industry professionals in STEM fields. Submitting a project only takes 5 minutes! High school students can submit their work independently; middle school teachers submit up to 2 projects per class.

3. Receive real-world feedback & connect with industry professionals in February!

All student teams who submit work will receive personalized, written feedback from an authentic audience. Plus, every high school class that submits at least 5 projects, and all middle school classes, will be eligible for connection with a STEM professional to schedule a virtual classroom visit this Spring!

Why submit student work?

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    Students take even more pride in their work when they share it with industry.

    Student-Industry Connects provides an easy way for your students to show off their hard work to an authentic industry audience! These connections help make coursework more motivating, engaging, and meaningful.

  • Industry professionals reinforce what you tell your students every day.

    You teach your students about the big and the little things that matter in delivering a quality STEM project – from providing context and labeling drawings to commenting on code. See those lessons reinforced with authentic feedback from an industry professional – delivered in a way that helps students see how applying what they learn actually makes a difference in the world.

  • This is your ticket to a classroom visit from an industry professional.

    After students submit PLTW work, your class will be connected with an engineer, data scientist, biomedical researcher, or product designer for a classroom visit.

Submission Details and Eligible Projects

Plan your submission by checking out the eligible projects and submission checklists.

Projects for Submission

Past Student Submission Examples

Meet our STEM Professional Volunteers

STEM professionals from innovative local companies are excited to review student work and virtually visit your classrooms! Meet just a few of them below.

 

Tsega Birkneh

Education Specialist, Microsoft

“My name is Tsega and I currently work for Microsoft in the retail sales. I have been working for Microsoft for about two years now. I went to school at Northeastern University for Criminal Justice and Psychology and minor in Computer Science, after graduating from Boston College High school for High School. As a student who went through the Boston Public Schools system up to 8th grade, I have always wished for such an opportunity where STEAM was something I was able to partake in because it’s such a valuable thing in life especially for young adults. That’s why I have taken it upon myself to be part of Mass STEM HUB and help in any way I can. That way I am at least playing a roll in providing what I never had to the generation that’s coming up and help them in ways I wish I was helped and guided.”

Ayushi Sinha

Scientist, Philips Research

“I’m a scientist at Philips Research in Cambridge, MA, working on making difficult procedures easier for surgeons! I work in the Image Guided Therapy group here, so the projects I’m involved with center around medical procedures that use some kind of image guidance. The main project I’m involved in right now focuses on providing guidance (e.g., with X-ray images acquired during the procedure) in performing small lung lesion biopsies in order to help in the early detection of lung cancer. I’m also involved with a project that revolves around generating intellectual property or patents which involves brainstorming with experts in the field, identifying problems, and coming up with solutions that are unique or patentable.”

Jillian Bejtlich

Lead Community Strategist, BAE Systems

“I’m a community architect and strategist meaning that it’s my job to build digital environments where groups of people come together to learn, share, and collaborate on all sorts of topics. Students use these online environments all the time in places like Stack Overflow, Reddit, gaming forums, and even parts of Facebook.

Building a successful digital environment requires a lot of understanding of how people behave, what drives us to do what we do, and how design impacts behavior. Once we’re up and running, I use a ton of math to understand what community users are doing and if I can improve the experience by making design or functionality changes. Often times my work dives into big data and predictive analytics – especially if we’re trying to figure out what’s going to happen before it even happens. My job even requires dealing with hackers, spam bots, real life trolls, and all sorts of crazy unwelcome behavior that people like me have to stop so our community users don’t feel unwelcome or attacked.

In order to do the job I do, I have to be equal parts communicator, coder, artist, psychologist, and data nerd. It’s an interesting job packed to the brim with STEM aspects, but also a lot of attributes that we don’t usually think of when we picture someone who works in STEM.”

Marissa Petersile

Sustainability Specialist, National Grid

“I work at National Grid, where we delivery electricity and gas to homes and businesses across New England. I have a degree in electrical engineering along with an MBA, and at National Grid I have worked in a handful of departments, such as Transmission Planning, Emergency Planning, and Sustainability (where I work now!).”

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