May Newsletter
May 14, 2019
In this issue:
  1. End of Year PLTW Events Are Underway
  2. Learning Teams Attend Industry Experiences
  3. Introducing: ST Math Corner
  4. Important Updates and Funding Opportunities
End of Year PLTW Events Are Underway!
Pull Toy Showcase
Over 100 Gateway students presented their Automation & Robotics pull toy projects to STEM professionals at the Peabody Essex Museum. Congratulations to team Arcade Vex from Boston Prep who was chosen as the Showcase Winner!

High School Showcase & STEM Signing Day
Projects from high school Biomedical Science, Computer Science, and Engineering courses were presented by over 300 students to over 100 industry volunteers at WPI. Congratulations to the team from Doherty Memorial High School who won the Capstone Excellence Award!

Based on the athletic tradition, we celebrated over 100 PLTW seniors who committed to study STEM in college at STEM Signing Day. This impressive group of students are going on to study at institutions near and far, including Wentworth, UMass Lowell, and George Washington University - just to name a few!
Upcoming PLTW Spring Showcases
5/23: Launch Showcase at Franklin Park Zoo
6/4: Design & Modeling Showcase at Merck Labs with Boston Children's Hospital
6/11: Launch Showcase at The Greater Boston Food Bank
Learning Teams Attend Industry Experiences
 Our PLTW Learning teams attended experiences at local industry partners for a day of learning and networking, organized by their Community Leads. Industry partners include Autodesk, Markforged, Analog Devices, IBM, UMass Lowell Fabric Discovery Lab, and Zoo New England.

Interested in participating in the final Industry Experience of the school year? Click here to learn more and sign up for the May 16 event at Broad Institute!
Introducing: ST Math Corner

Mass STEM Hub is working with ST Math , a neuroscience-driven math learning software that teaches math visually and experientially, on a MA specific implementation plan.

JiJi is the beloved penguin in the ST Math games. Students help JiJi overcome obstacles by solving math puzzles.  

To celebrate our first cohort of ST Math schools, we will be hosting more than 600 ST Math students at the New England Aquarium on May 29 - where students will apply math concepts to the Aquarium, and see real live penguins after learning with JiJi all year long.

Learn more about Mass STEM Hub's ST Math initiative and how it is expanding across the state .
Important Updates
Mark Your Calendars!
We are excited to announce that the annual fall PLTW conference will be hosted at WPI on October 21 . Attendees will have the opportunity to network with peers, review key content and share best practices.
Nominate an Outstanding Teacher or Administrator 
Do you know an outstanding teacher or administrator who should be recognized at the conference for their positive impact on students? Learn more about the awards and access the nomination forms here .
Interested in Becoming a Community Lead?
 We are looking for PLTW teachers to help foster a community of learning and collaboration among fellow PLTW educators. Community Leads will lead a Learning Team, a cohort of 15-20 PLTW teachers, with the support of other community leads and the Mass STEM Hub team.

Click here t o learn more and apply. Applications are due June 3 .
Act Now: Register for Summer 2019 Core Training
 Registration for Core Training is open in the Professional Development section of myPLTW . Training sites have limited space available and certain courses have reached capacity. Register today before space fills up at your preferred site!

Need help with registration? Watch  this video  or refer to this helpful guide outlining the registration process. If your session is full, please contact the PLTW solution center .
Industry Challenge Winners Connect with STEM Professionals
Industry challenges were featured throughout the school year, providing students the opportunity to sub mit class projects to receive real-world feedback from STEM professionals and win cool prizes.

Winning teams from select challenges had the chance to attend industry field trips with their whole class! PBS students from Uxbridge High School visited Mass General Hospital Diabetes Center . PBS students from Plymouth North High School attended a virtual meeting with a researcher at Joslin Diabetes Center . IED students from Uxbridge High School took a trip to  Seaboard Folding Box Co .
Be on the lookout for industry challenges for
all PLTW programs throughout the 2019-20 school year!
Funding Opportunities
Looking for additional funding opportunities for your STEM programs? Click the links below to learn more about each individual grant opportunity.

Please get in touch by emailing Faith at   fmcduffie@mass-stemhub.org .