June Newsletter
June 21 ,2018
A Celebration of Students in STEM!
Students from Randolph Community Middle School present their therapeutic toy designs to Governor Charlie Baker.
PLTW students presenting their therapeutic toy designs at the Design Showcase.
Project Lead The Way students from Massachusetts connected with STEM professionals and presented their work from PLTW courses at several events this spring.

These events allow students to showcase the rigorous projects students and teachers work on everyday in their PLTW classrooms throughout the state. It was wonderful to have industry professionals and special guests, such as Governor Charlie Baker, witness the talent and potential of your students first hand.

Thank you to all of the teachers and students who participated in this years events! And a special thank you to our industry partners and volunteers for helping our events come to life!

For more information about Mass STEM Hub events, contact Faith McDuffie today!
Students at the Middle School Design Challenges work in teams to modify a prototype of a rubber band car so that it travels at least four feet and and carry a load.
A team from Assabet Valley Regional Technical High School present their Engineering Design and Development project to an industry professional.
Graduating seniors who are planning to pursue a STEM field in college were recognized during the STEM Signing Day program.
Sky View Middle School students talk with industry professional, Tony Fields of Clear Tech Group, during the Middle School Design Challenge.
Excel Charter Academy High School student presents app created in PLTW CS course to showcase guests.
Students from Worcester Technical High School work with a mentor industry professional at the student hackathon hosted by the Greater Boston Food Bank. Students created apps to help communities run effective food drives.
Classroom Spotlight
This month we had a chance to see a few classrooms at Sandwich STEM Academy and Sandwich High School in action! See below for some tips you could try in your classroom next year!
Student Work: In Mr. Anderson's PLTW Civil Engineering and Architecture class, student work is displayed as a learning tool to remind students of concepts they learned in previous lessons.
Build Program Excitement: The biomedical science program at the Sandwich High School is growing as they display student work in the hallways for other students to see. Who wouldn't want to take a PLTW class after seeing all the hands on projects their peers get to do!
Thinking Ahead: In Mrs. Lavelle's class, she keeps posters students made from the beginning of the year when students learn about different STEM professionals. This helps remind students of all of the many paths they can take as they pursue STEM.
Teachers, are your students doing amazing things in the classroom? We'd love to hear about it! Share your students' discovery moments with us and maybe their work will be featured in our newsletter! Email Faith .
We need your feedback!
As part of our statewide PLTW initiative, we are conducting student and teacher surveys. Please complete the teacher surveyemailed you by Abt Associates.

Your feedback will help us better support you and your students in the coming school year.

Read the PLTW Survey FAQs on our website to learn more.
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Launch Training Kits Available!
Are you a Launch Lead Teacher? If you are training other teachers at your school and you need access to the PLTW Launch training kit, Mass STEM Hub has two kits available to loan out to MA Launch Lead Teachers. Email Faith McDuffie today to learn more.
Student Gallery
Mass STEM Hub is seeking photos of exemplar PLTW student work to showcase on our website. The Student Work Gallery will be a place where we can showcase student work from PLTW classes for other educators, as well as industry professionals.

If you have photos or videos of student work that you would like to share, please email them to fmcduffie@mass-stemhub.org with a brief description of what the photo shows. Please include: PLTW Course, Unit, Lesson, and Grade.

We look forward to seeing the wonderful work your students are doing every day!
Upcoming Opportunities:
Building a STEM Leadership Alliance Summit
From July 8-11, a summit inspired by the GE Foundation will be hosted at the Loews Portofino Bay Hotel in Orlando, FL. The summit this year focuses on building a STEM Leadership Alliance by creating a collaborative team of STEM leaders from businesses, educations, and non-profit leaders. Stipends available to support Massachusetts PLTW educators who would like to apply.

SAVE THE DATE: November 8th, 2018
November 8th, 2018 , Chelmsford High School will host this years STEM College and Career Fair. PLTW high school students will have an opportunity to meet with STEM representatives from colleges and universities in the area as well as gain valuable resources about navigating the college application process. We will also have industry professionals in attendance to share with students about various STEM career paths. Look at for formal invites September 2018!
Additional Funding Opportunities
Alternative Fuel Foundation
The Alternative Fuel Foundation offers grants for schools ranging from $50 to $500. Schools may apply once a year and funding can be used to help fund science equipment such as 3-D printers. Applications are reviewed on a 60 day cycle. Click here to learn more about this opportunity.
Hearst Foundation
The Hearst Foundations has funding for educational programs. Schools may apply once a year for funding and applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. If you are looking for additional funding for your PLTW program, learn more about the Hearst Foundation's grant process by clicking here .
Students in the News
Massachusetts PLTW Seniors Honored at STEM Signing Day
At the Mass STEM Hub High School Showcase, graduating seniors who made commitments to student STEM in college were honored at the first STEM Signing Day. Read the article here.
Middle School PLTW Students Present Therapeutic Toy Designs
Mass STEM Hub partnered with Boston Children's Hospital so Design and Modeling students could show off their therapeutic toy designs to doctors, patients, and engineers. Watch the news clip here.
Do you have an idea for a student or teacher event? Are you an industry professional looking to get involved? Do you have a question about PLTW implementation? Are exciting things happening in your classrooms that should be shared in our newsletter?

Please get in touch by emailing Faith at   fmcduffie@mass-stemhub.org .
Have a question for Mass STEM Hub?
Email us at connect@mass-stemhub.org