STEM Education Center at WPI


Wednesdays, October 16 & November 13, 4-6:30pm at WPI
The STEM Education Center invites you to join the STEM Club, a PD series for current and aspiring STEM teachers. It meets 4 times each year. Learn more and register...

  • The Oct. 16 session will feature the LEGO Duck: Norms for Creation mini-challenge by Tiffany Davis from Ash-West Regional School District and Vanessa Haerle from Sutton MS with a project titled Transportation Pipeline. This project engages MS students in designing a transportation system to safely carry materials from one location to another.

  • The Nov. 13 session will begin with the Back to Back Build: Focus on Communication mini-challenge by Tiffany Davis from Ash-West Regional School District and then the Zip-Line Challenge by Elisabeth Powers from St. Joseph Elementary School. This project will have you working in teams to carry a backpack down a mountain on a zip-line that you design!

STEM Week in Central MA

October 21-25, 2019
Join the Central MA STEM Network (CMSN) Ecosystem in demystifying the “who’s and what’s” of STEM by supporting the second annual Massachusetts STEM Week. We are excited for this opportunity to share STEM in Central MA in meaningful and impactful ways. Thank you to our dedicated partners who have already submitted events that will allow students in Central MA to “see themselves in STEM” and create new passions. It’s not too late to submit your event, simply follow this link to register. For a full list of Central MA STEM Week offerings, click here. Any questions, contact Nicole at

Encouraging PreK-12 Principals & Superintendents to attend Education Leaders Talking STEM at WPI

STEM educators, please encourage your principal / superintendent to attend this special STEM Week event designed for education leaders to examine what high-quality STEM is and what high-quality STEM teaching should look like in their schools and classrooms. This session, the morning of October 23, will generate strategies for principals and superintendents to support high-quality STEM teaching and learning. Learn more and have them register by Oct. 14…

Integrated preschool STEM curriculum now available!

Seeds of STEM, an 8-unit curriculum for 3-5 year olds, was developed over 4 years with funding from the US Department of Education. The STEM curriculum was developed in partnership with teachers from the Worcester Head Start program, tested in almost 40 preschool classrooms, and revised with feedback from teachers to make it child and teacher friendly. The curriculum, which is aligned with the MA Framework for STE for PreK, is now available for implementation in classrooms. For more information contact Mia at

FREE PDs for Educators - Register today!

Thursday, October 24
Thanks to the Massachusetts STEM Advisory Council and the Central MA STEM Network (CMSN) Ecosystem, the STEM Education Center at WPI will be hosting two FREE professional development opportunities for educators in celebration of MA STEM Week.

STEM Community Event for Families with young Children

Thursday, October 24, 5:30-7pm, Worcester Head Start
Worcester Head Start and Seeds of STEM will host a special STEM community event for families with young children. Take part in problem solving activities with your preschooler in this fun and engaging evening. Light refreshments will be provided at this free event. Learn more and register by Oct. 21…

Designing My Future: a STEM Career Expo for Youth & Families

Wednesday, October 16, 5:30-7:30pm at the Boys & Girls Club of Worcester
Thursday, October 24, 4-6pm at the Boys & Girls Club of Fitchburg and Leominster

Join us for an exciting STEM Week event where you can learn how the things you already love are surprisingly related to science, math, technology, and engineering (STEM) careers! At Designing My Future, hear from professionals about how they found their careers and learn about local STEM opportunities at after school clubs and colleges. This event is appropriate for all youth interested in exploring careers as well as adults interested in changing careers.

PLTW Networking Conference - Last chance to register!

Monday, October 21, 8am-3pm
Register now to come and hear the engaging and informative Keynote at this year's conference on Monday, October 21. Andy and Adam are part of the Boston Dynamics team working on the Spot robot, a quiet, four-legged robot with extraordinary rough terrain mobility and super-human stability. What has helped lead them to their successes? Project based classes, like PLTW, that provided ‘messy,’ ill-defined, real world problems that taught them failure is an opportunity to learn. More about the MA PLTW Networking Conference can be found here.

STEM PD in your School

The STEM Education Center professional development calendar is quickly filling up. If you are interested in having us do PD at your school, be sure to get your school / district on the list soon! For more information visit our webpage or contact Mia at