STEM Signing Day
Seniors Commit to STEM Post Graduation and Take Home the Excellence in Presentation Award – May 17, 2019
Fourteen of our seniors participated in Mass STEM Hub’s STEM Signing Day, committing to studying STEM disciplines after graduation. STEM Signing Day and High School Student Showcase were organized by Mass STEM Hub for Project Lead The Way (PLTW) students on May 2nd at Worcester Polytechnic Institute.
Borrowing from the athletics tradition that celebrates student-athletes who sign on to play a sport at the collegiate level, STEM Signing Day was an opportunity to celebrate students who are committed to pursuing STEM disciplines after graduating from high school. The seniors who participated are going on to study at academic institutions including Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Georgia Institute of Technology, University of Massachusetts Amherst, University of Massachusetts Lowell, Virginia Tech, Wentworth, and Worcester Polytechnic Institute.
Mass STEM Hub’s High School Student Showcase featured projects by over 300 high school students in PLTW’s courses across Massachusetts. In these courses, students engage in applied learning, helping students develop 21st-century skills including critical thinking, complex problem-solving, communication, and collaboration - all needed to succeed in today’s rapidly changing, tech-infused world.
All of the students received authentic feedback from STEM industry volunteer judges on their projects and presentations, connecting the work they did in the classroom to the work these experts do daily. Over 100 professionals volunteered as judges, from over 40 organizations including Comcast, MassDOT’s Highway Division, Boston Scientific, Cisco, Saint-Gobain, and Wayfair. Judges selected winning projects in four categories, including mastery of a concept, best capstone project, presentation skills, and innovation.
The Excellence in Presentation award went to our students who presented a library renovation civil engineering and architecture plan. This team was acknowledged for delivering a clear and concise project overview and showing outstanding knowledge of their topic.
The seniors who participated in Mass STEM Hub’s STEM Signing Day and Showcase, including their planned college and major:
Christopher Calvao - University of Massachusetts Amherst, Biomedical Engineering
Conner Christensen - Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Mechanical Engineering
Zachary Comer - Virginia Tech, Computer Science
Rainer Djohan - Virginia Tech, Mechanical Engineering
Charles Doe - Wentworth, Civil Engineering (Minor in ES)
Alex Goldberg - University of Massachusetts Amherst, Computer Science
Taber Grose - Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Aerospace Engineering
Mary Kennedy - University of Massachusetts Lowell, Mechanical Engineering
Zoe Mahoney - Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Aerospace Engineering
Joseph Martinelli - University of Massachusetts Lowell, Mechanical Engineering *
Cameron Pelletier - Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Electrical, and Computer Engineering
Nicholas Reed - Georgia Institute of Technology, Aerospace Engineering
Andrew Regan - Georgia Institute of Technology, Aerospace Engineering
Thomas Watson - Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Aerospace Engineering
*accepted, considering all options at this time.