November Newsletter
November 14, 2018
PLTW Students Explore STEM Beyond High School
Thank you to all who joined for the 2018 STEM College and Career Fair at Chelmsford High School last week! Over 600 PLTW high school students from around the state met with representatives from over 50 colleges and universities, along with industry partners, and community resource groups to help students learn about STEM opportunities beyond high school.
Student Opportunities:
Online Challenges are now open!

Introduction to Engineering Design:
Students can submit their classwork for their Manufacturing a Box project (project 3.9) and will receive feedback from industry experts at Seaboard Folding Box Co and Abbott-Action, Inc! Prizes will be given to selected groups, including an opportunity for a field trip. Submit projects by Tuesday, November 20th.
Learn more here .

Automation & Robotics:
Students can submit their classwork for their Simulated Assembly Line project (project 3.5) and will receive feedback from industry experts at AccuRounds! Prizes will be given to selected groups. Submit projects by Friday, November 30th to be considered.
Learn more here .
Teacher Resources:
Join a Learning Team!
The 2018-19 cohort of Community Leads are leading Learning Teams of PLTW teachers who will work together throughout the year to provide peer to peer support as teachers implement PLTW in their classrooms. Connect PLTW teachers around the state as they share best practices and tips, swap resources, and celebrate successes. To learn more about our 8 Community Leads, click here .
If you are interested in joining a learning team and joining their next meeting, sign up below today!
PLTW Coaching Opportunity
Do want to have one on one time with a PLTW Master Teacher to help you in your PLTW classroom?

Sign up for a coaching opportunity today!
Classroom Spotlight
At Southeastern Regional Vocational Technical High School, Jessica Sumner's PLTW computer science students use these signal cards to help her prioritize student check ins.
Save the Date:
We are preparing for upcoming spring events! Teachers, mark your calendars and email Faith McDuffie with questions on how to reserve your school's space today!
April 26, 2019
@Peabody Essex Museum
For PLTW Automation and Robotics

May 2, 2019
For ALL PLTW High School Students
June 4, 2019
@Merck Research Laboratories
For PLTW Design and Modeling
May 2019 @ Franklin Park Zoo
For PLTW Launch Animal Adaptations and Stability & Motion: Forces & Interactions
Roster your PLTW Students Today!
Why rostering is important
  • Ensures students can access PLTW curriculum and assessments
  • Enables PLTW to provide End-of-Course data to colleges and universities in support of preferential admissions and opportunities for interested students
  • Provides students & teachers access to Mass STEM Hub programming, including:
  • Student events (e.g., STEM Fair, MS Design Challenge, HS Showcase)
  • Teacher professional development & networking
  • Participation in the Massachusetts PLTW survey

To roster students, log into your account and click on "My Sites" to find detailed instructions.

Watch this helpful video on how to roster and manage student accounts on myPLTW as an additional resource.

Click here for a rostering guide.
Join the Massachusetts PLTW Educator Facebook Community!
Why join?
  •  Connect with other PLTW teachers in MA
  • Access tips & best practices from fellow MA PLTW teachers
  • Learn about upcoming events for students & educators
  • Share ideas & ask questions of fellow MA teachers

How to join:
  • Follow the Mass STEM Hub Facebook page
  • Request to join the “Project Lead The Way Teachers in MA”
  • Invite other MA PLTW Teachers to join!
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.
PLTW Teacher Grad Credit Opportunity
PLTW Teachers:

You may be able to earn graduate school for your PLTW training depending on what courses you've been trained in. To learn more about this opportunity, click here .
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 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!
Transportation Grants
Need funding for field trip transportation?

Below are various grant opportunities for bus funding that can be used to attend Mass STEM Hub events.
Big Yellow School Bus Any K-12 school in Massachusetts is eligible to apply for a $250 grant to be used during the 2018-2019 school year.
Target Field Trip Grants Grants of $700 awarded to schools. Application for 2018-19 school year closes August 1st.
State Farm Community Grants Grants awarded on a rolling basis.
NEA Grant Opportunities The NEA provides various grants that can be used for field trip funding.
Walmart Foundation Community Grants Grant amounts awarded between $250 and $5,000.
Additional Funding Opportunities
Looking for additional funding opportunities for your STEM programs? Click the names below to learn more about each individual grant opportunity. We will share additional opportunities each month.
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 .
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