September Newsletter
September 20, 2018
Have you joined the MA PLTW Community?
Welcome back to another fantastic school year! Our network of schools has grown to over 200 schools this year. The 2018-19 school year will have many more opportunities for you and your students. For your students, we are expanding our programming to include virtual challenges based on projects completed in class. Students will be able to submit their work for review by industry partners. We also have some new events that we will announce at the networking conference. For teachers, we have new opportunities to help teachers connect with other PLTW teachers around the state! Read below for more information on how to get connected.
Join us for our first community event of the year, the PLTW Networking Conference at WPI on October 12, 2018 .

To learn more and register here .







PLTW Teachers: Join a Learning Team!

As we build our network, we have many new opportunities to connect and learn from other PLTW teachers around the state! At the conference we will kick off our MA PLTW Learning Teams and you will have an opportunity to meet the Community Leads who will be facilitating these groups. Together you and your group members will work through common challenges, share helpful resources and tips, and engage in one of a kind industry experiences. If you are interested in joining a Learning Team please fill out the form by clicking the button below.
PLTW Coaching Opportunity
Do want to have one on one time with a PLTW Master Teacher to help you prepare for the upcoming school year?

Sign up for a coaching opportunity today!
Upcoming Events:

November 8th, 2018
9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
@Chelmsford HS
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. PLTW high school students of all years and pathways are encouraged to attend.

Register here today!

Need funding for transportation? Transportation grant opportunities can be found below!
Reminders:
Roster by October 1st!
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

Note:   Schools that complete the rostering process will be eligible for free student engineering notebooks next year.

To roster students, log into your mypltw.org 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!
Join the MA PLTW Educator page exclusively for MA PLTW teachers! This will be a closed group for you all to connect, share ideas, ask questions, celebrate student accomplishments, and more!

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!


Join by Oct. 1 st to be entered into a raffle for a $200 Amazon Gift Card!
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!
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.
Any K-12 school in Massachusetts is eligible to apply for a $250 grant to be used during the 2018-2019 school year.
Grants of $700 awarded to schools. Application for 2018-19 school year closes August 1st.
Grants awarded on a rolling basis.
The NEA provides various grants that can be used for field trip funding.
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   fmcduffie@mass-stemhub.org .
Have a question for Mass STEM Hub?
Email us at connect@mass-stemhub.org