A group of Lafayette School students this week participated in Mass STEM Hub’s second annual Design Showcase for Project Lead The Way students. The initiative was done in partnership with Boston Children’s Hospital at Merck Research Labs in Boston.
Representing the Lafayette School were:
Stephany De Souza
Thalia Patino Molano
The students were chosen to attend the Showcase based on their hard work and achievements in their PTW Design and Modeling unit, in which they learned the engineering design process, critical measurement and mathematical modeling skills, computer-aided design skills, and about cerebral palsy. The culminating project challenged students to design, test, and fabricate an adaptive toy for a child with cerebral palsy.
The applied learning curriculum of PLTW covers critical STEM content and allows students to use what they have learned to solve real world problems. The One8 Foundation and the Baker-Polito administration are scaling PLTW in the Commonwealth. Today 35,000 students are engaged in PLTW classrooms across the state. Everett closely partners with PLTW on curriculum and professional development.
At the showcase, students presented their prototypes to industry professionals, including experts from the Cerebral Palsy & Spasticity Center at Boston Children’s Hospital! Governor Charlie Baker and Boston Children’s Hospital CEO Sandra Fenwick attended the event and engaged with students – a testament to the importance of the applied learning STEM work of these students.
“Introducing more students to the possibilities STEM offers is critical to the future of the Commonwealth, and ensuring all students have opportunities to study STEM is a priority for our administration,” said Governor Charlie Baker. “We want to congratulate all of students from across Massachusetts that participated in the Mass STEM Hub Design Showcase and we applaud Project Lead The Way and the One8 Foundation for all of the work they are doing to prepare students for future success.”
In total, over 110 students from 16 schools across Massachusetts participated.
“In today’s rapidly changing world, students need to learn to be adaptive, critical thinkers ready to solve complex problems and clearly communicate solutions,” commented Katherine Skrivan, Director of Mass STEM Hub. “We are thrilled to provide the opportunity for students to showcase their hard work and receive formative feedback from Boston Children’s Hospital experts.”