Thursday, November 8, 2018 from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM EST
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Chelmsford High School 
Chelmsford, MA  



Faith McDuffie 
Mass STEM Hub 

STEM College & Career Fair: A Mass STEM Hub Event for PLTW Students

Mass STEM Hub's STEM College & Career Fair is an opportunity to connect high school students who have completed rigorous STEM coursework with STEM programs at leading colleges and universities and STEM professionals from across industries . Come meet this future generation of STEM leaders as they explore what their future could look like!

The students attending the fair will have taken rigorous STEM courses through Project Lead The Way (PLTW). PLTW is a premier STEM curriculum and professional development provider with a proven ability to dramatically shift classroom practice and improve students’ interest and aptitude in STEM. PLTW pairs the rigor and engagement needed to have a real impact for students.  The organization has full K-12 offerings in engineering, computer science, and biomedical science and is a comprehensive solution for schools looking to provide students with quality STEM education. Visit www.pltw.org to learn more.

At the Mass STEM Hub STEM College & Career Fair you will have the opportunity to meet 200+ students who have completed rigorous PLTW STEM coursework and are excitedly exploring their future STEM options.

As a higher education representative, you’ll get to:

  • Speak directly with high school students about college offerings, particularly in STEM disciplines
  • Meet high school educators to learn about other ways to reach their students
  • Have access to student data  through barcode and scanner system to streamline communication with student leads

As a STEM professional, you’ll get to:

  • Show high school students what makes your job so interesting and exciting
  • Introduce your company as potential future employer and, if available, share opportunities for students to get involved while in high-school (i.e., internships, job shadows, etc)
  • Share some insights from your experience and help students understand what it would take to follow a similar career path


Participating colleges and universities are asked to showcase a project they are currently working on in a STEM discipline. Colleges must send an admissions representative and at least one STEM academic representative who can share specifics on their institution's STEM offerings and details on current institutional research with students. These STEM academic representatives can be faculty members or students. Since this is a specialized audience, students will be looking to hear about STEM major offerings and want to connect directly with students and faculty. Sharing current work will also give students a sense of what they could study at the collegiate level.  Colleges and universities may bring up to three team members.

Participating industry professionals are asked to showcase projects or products that exemplify the work being done at your organization and the STEM skills needed for that work. Ideally these will be hands-on items with which the students can engage and get a feel for the work that you do. We invite you to get creative with what you can do with students while they’re at your booth - is there an instant design challenge or a brief activity that can give students a taste of your work? Each organization may have up to three employees present at a time to share their experiences.

PLTW students attending the college & career fair may ask:

  • What differentiates your STEM programs from programs offered at other colleges and universities?
  • What do I need to be a successful engineering/computer science/biomedical science major?
  • What is the instructional approach in STEM disciplines? What are STEM classes like?
  • What equipment is available in STEM labs?
  • Are there special opportunities for STEM majors (e.g. summer research opportunities, internships)?
  • How are students connected to industry while in school?
  • What do students majoring in a STEM discipline typically pursue post-graduation?
  • Are there particular STEM employers that recruit from your school?
  • Are there credit and/or scholarship opportunities for students interested in STEM? For PLTW students?
  • What course work do I need to be a strong candidate for admission?
  • What does a typical day look like for you?
  • What’s the most exciting/interesting/fun part of your job?
  • What’s the most challenging/frustrating/annoying part of your job?
  • What did you have to study to be successful in this job?
  • Did you know this is what you wanted to do when you were in high school?