January Newsletter
January 8, 2018
2019 Student Events
Teachers, mark your calendars and save the dates for the upcoming PLTW student showcases! These events are a chance for your students to show off their hard work and receive industry feedback. We will be sending out pre-registration information this month.
April 26, 2019
@ Peabody Essex Museum
For PLTW Automation and Robotics
May 2, 2019
For ALL PLTW High School Students
May 2019 @ Franklin
Park Zoo
For PLTW Launch Animal Adaptations and Stability & Motion: Forces & Interactions
June 4, 2019
@ Merck Research Laboratories
For PLTW Design and Modeling
Be sure your students are rostered so you can participate in the upcoming spring events!

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

Student Opportunities:
All Online Industry Challenges Now Open!
Students submit classwork from their PLTW course and will receive feedback from industry experts. Courses with Online Challenges for this school year include:

High School
  • Civil Engineering and Architecture
  • Computer Science Essentials
  • Computer Science Principals
  • Introduction to Engineering Design
  • Human Body Systems
  • Medical Intervention
  • Principals of Biomedical Science
  • Principles of Engineering
  • App Creators
  • Automation and Robotics--Due January 16th!
  • Computer Science for Innovators and Makers
  • Green Architecture
  • K-Structure and Function: Exploring Design

Calling all STEM Seniors:
Student Scholarships Available!
Lockheed Martin STEM Scholarship
Lockheed Martin has launched a new scholarship program to provide opportunities to students who want to build their talents and change the world! Beginning in 2019, they are awarding 200 scholarships of $10,000 per student – renewable each year.  The application period opens on January 15, 2019. Click here to learn more.

Davidson Fellows Scholarship
This scholarship awards $50,000, $25,000 and $10,000 scholarships to extraordinary students who have completed a significant piece of work. Application categories include science, technology, engineering, & mathematics.
Applications are currently being accepted and the deadline is February 13, 2019. Click here to learn more.
Teacher Resources:
Learning Teams are off to a great start- it's not too late to join!
Our Community Lead's Learning Teams are up and running and it's not too late to join! Teams work together throughout the year to provide peer to peer support. Connect PLTW teachers around the state as they share best practices and tips, swap resources, and celebrate successes. To learn more, click here

Upcoming Events:
  • Launch Teacher Twitter Chat #MALAUNCH with Wendy Marino- January 8th at 8:00pm.
  • Gateway Design & Modeling Virtual Meeting with Chakara Cardillo- January 9th at 7:00pm Click here to join the meeting.
  • Gateway Automation & Robotics Classroom Visit with Ashley Puopolo @ Stoneham Middle School January 16th at 8:30am -11:30am Sign-up here.
  • Gateway Computer Science Classroom Visit led by Keith Michon @ Medway Middle School February 11th, 1-3pm Sign-up here.
  • Launch classroom visit at West Brookfield Elementary with Nick Frank- Date and time TBD.
Lead Launch Teacher Training
There are two upcoming online training sessions to be trained as a Lead Launch Teacher. Each course meets bi-weekly for 5 sessions.
  • Tuesday, February 12th, 7-9pm
  • Thursday, February 21st, 8-10pm

To learn more and sign up , visit your myPLTW account-->Professional Development-->Catalog-->View 2018-19 Launch Lead Teacher Training.

Need access to Launch Training Kits?
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.
5 Tips to Recruit Students to
Your PLTW Courses
From the PLTW newsletter- f ind out what recruitment approaches work for these PLTW Distinguished Districts and Schools, and discover ideas you can implement in your own school or district. Click here to learn more!
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!
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 .
Classroom Spotlight
At Plymouth South High School students in Dr. Meade's Biomedical Innovations class acknowledge the hard work they have put into the college application process by recording all the colleges and universities they have applied to. We can't wait to see where everyone ends up and hope to celebrate some at STEM Signing Day!
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!
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 $250 grant to be used during the 2018-2019 school year.
3D Printing Grant - High School level only
Looking to make 3D printing a part of your classroom but don't have the funds?

Formlabs is accepting applications, on rolling basis, for 3D printing Form 2 Basic Education Package. Package includes: f orm 2 3D printer, finish kit, resin tank, build platform, one year warranty, 1L standard resin.

Click here to learn more and apply!
Additional Funding Opportunities
Looking for additional funding opportunities for your STEM programs? Click the names below to learn more about each individual grant opportunity.
Have a question for Mass STEM Hub?
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 .