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Mass STEM Hub's Student Industry Connects

STEM WEEK 2021

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 ran a special edition of our Student Industry Connects program and invited our current Project Lead The Way (PLTW) and OpenSciEd (OSE) schools to submit student work for industry feedback. Thank you to the 2,500+ students who submitted their STEM projects for feedback from industry professionals and the educators who made it possible.

Please join us in congratulating the 2021 STEM Week award winners selected by industry experts!   

Middle School Award Winners

Top Gateway Engineering Project Award- Students at Groton-Dunstable Regional Middle School
Top Gateway Computer Science Project Award- Students at Dr. Philip O. Coakley Middle School
Top OSE Project Award- Students at 1LT Charles W. Whitcomb School
Design Thinking Award- Students at Medway Middle School
Collaboration Award- Students at Ware Junior Senior High School

High School Award Winners

User Experience Award- Students at John D. O’Bryant School of Mathematics and Science
Top Biomedical Science Project Award- Students at Middleborough High School
Top Engineering Project Award- Students at Waltham High School
Top Computer Science Project Award- Students at Clinton High School
Presentation Award- Students at Narragansett Regional High School
Innovation Award- Students at Plymouth North High School
Design Thinking Award- Students at B.M.C. Durfee High School
Biomedical Science Program Award- Students at Shepherd Hill Regional High School

Why submit student work for STEM Week?

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    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

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.

 

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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