Mass STEM Hub's Student Industry Connects
STEM WEEK 2021
MA STEM Week is coming up October 18-22! Since every week is STEM Week in your classrooms, what better way to celebrate than to show off student work and connect classrooms to local industry professionals. This year for MA STEM Week, Mass STEM Hub is running a special edition of our Student Industry Connects program and inviting our current Project Lead The Way (PLTW) and OpenSciEd (OSE) schools to submit student work for industry feedback.
No expensive materials. No complicated application. Just authentic industry connections for educators & students to amplify the inspiring work that you are already doing.
Don’t have PLTW or OSE in your school yet? You can still participate. Register below to access our free PLTW 10 hour sample middle school project.
Submit student work. Get real-world feedback.
1. Click here to register!
All current middle and high school PLTW programs and OpenSciEd middle schools are invited to participate this year. If you do not have PLTW or OSE currently, and have grades 6-8, we have a PLTW “sample” 10 hour unit on microplastics for you to use so you can participate!
2. Submit student work here (due by October 22)
Submit student work online to receive authentic feedback from industry professionals – plus the chance to win exciting STEM prizes. Submitting a project only takes 5 minutes! High school students can submit their work independently; middle school teachers submit student work using a bulk upload process (directions here).
- OSE: Check out this submission checklist to see what student work is included in a class submission!
- PLTW: Any projects grades 6-12 are accepted; check out a submission checklist and some suggestions for potential projects here.
3. Receive real-world feedback & connect with industry professionals in November!
All students who submit work will receive personalized, written feedback from an authentic audience. Plus, every class that submits at least 5 projects will be connected with a STEM professional to schedule a virtual classroom visit!
*Smaller classes in which all students submit will also be eligible
Why submit student work for STEM Week?
It's a meaningful and flexible way to show off your STEM programming during MA STEM Week
Educators have more on their plates than ever. Student Industry Connects will provide you with a high-quality, meaningful way to participate in STEM week. Plus, you’ll have the support of Mass STEM Hub to help you along the way!
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 or OSE work, your class will be connected with an engineer, data scientist, biomedical researcher, or product designer for a classroom visit.
Past Student Submission Examples
Student Work | Mass STEM Hub
High School | Engineering | IED | Activity: Reverse Engineering
February 23, 2021
Student Work | Mass STEM Hub
High School | Biomed | PBS | Problem: Future of Diabetes
February 23, 2021
Why submit student work for real-world feedback?
Students find industry feedback meaningful, motivating, and validating. But don’t take it from us.
Hear directly from students about their experiences receiving real-world feedback from industry professionals.
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.
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
“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!).”