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Mass STEM Hub presents

Student Industry Connects

Submit student work. Get real-world feedback.

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It's time for your students to submit their work for real-world feedback.

STEM professionals provide PLTW students with real-world feedback on work that they are already submitting for a grade in class! 

 

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projects have already received personalized feedback from professionals

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.

How it works

1. Get your students excited & ready to submit!

Utilizing Student Industry Connects in your classroom helps give your students an authentic audience and purpose for their work. During class time, use a mini lesson plan and video (coming soon!) designed to give the why & who behind their work to get your students excited and ready to submit their work for industry feedback. Previewing for students also helps them stick to a timeline just like in the real world!

2. Submit student work by 4/16!

Submit student work online by Friday, April 16th to receive authentic feedback from industry professionals- and 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 this bulk upload process.

  • Pro tip 1: Assign submitting as an asynchronous activity.
  • Pro tip 2: Offer bonus points for students who submit.

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

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

Student Submission Examples

Why submit student work for real-world feedback?

  • 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 accurately 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.

  • It’s been quite a year. Provide students a win they can be proud of.

    The pandemic has radically altered student interaction with the outside world. Getting feedback from STEM professionals who take the time to thoughtfully and respectfully provide students meaningful feedback helps students get one-on-one attention they deserve with real impact on their learning.

This is the type of feedback and experience I want for my students but have little bandwidth to coordinate myself. It makes a big difference."

PLTW High School Engineering Teacher

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!).”

Are you excited for your students to receive real-world feedback?

Have your students submit their work today!

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Materials & Resources

New posters! 

Get your students excited about receiving real-world feedback from industry professionals using these new posters!

There’s a digital version to use in your slides for class, in an email to your students, or to post on social media.

Use the printable version to hang up in class or send copies home with students!

Download here!

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