Learn Real World Skills.
Solve Real World Problems.

Join the Zero Waste STEM Week Challenge and help TD Garden and MassDEP solve real world problems! Open to all K-12 schools in Massachusetts. Free curriculum, training, industry connection opportunities, and more!


Register by September 18th!


Free turn-key STEM Week experience open to all K-12 schools in MA

Unlock an engaging, meaningful STEM Week experience for your classrooms. Sample applied, project-based learning during STEM Week.
School registration deadline is 9/18.

10 hours of engaging STEM activities, projects, and problems
Culminating project solving a real-world problem around Zero Waste
Teacher training (3 hours, choose from four date/location options during week of 9/23)
Facilitator guides with teacher & student resources and optional extensions – tailored for multiple grade bands
Opportunities for students to engage with STEM professionals, virtually and in person


Inspire the next generation of problem solvers

Opportunities to make a meaningful impact, including:

Virtual expert mentor: Answer questions virtually as students prototype Zero Waste solutions during STEM Week (Flexible scheduling, Oct 21-25)
Showcase judge: Engage with students and help select showcase winners in an exciting Boston location! (October 25)
Virtual judge: Review Zero Waste Challenge submissions online and help us select winners! (Flexible scheduling, Oct 28-Nov8)
Have an idea? Register to let us know or contact us at stemweek@mass-stemhub.org

How it works

Here’s how your school can participate in the STEM Week Challenge!

Register for the Challenge
You will be asked to provide contact information and identify teachers who will participate in the free training. Register now.
Train a teacher for the challenge

Ideally, one teacher per participating grade band will attend a free three-hour training. If your school already uses Project Lead The Way curriculum, you can complete the training online. More details will be provided upon registration:

Tues. 9/24, 1pm-4pm, UMass Lowell
– Wed. 9/25, 9am-12pm, Worcester Polytechnic Institute
– Wed. 9/25, 3pm-6pm, Westfield State University
– Thurs. 9/26, 9am-12pm, Roxbury Community College

Train other participating teachers from your school
Based on how you have decided to tailor the Challenge to your students, the teachers who participated in the training provided by Project Lead The Way may need to train other teachers who did not attend the training. The training will provide teachers with resources and support for getting others ready for the Challenge.
Tailor the Challenge for your students & school context
The curriculum designed by Project Lead The Way includes roughly 10 hours of instructional content, but it is up to you to decide how to implement the Challenge in your school! You could do the Challenge in science classes only or adopt an interdisciplinary approach. You could deliver the lessons during STEM Week starting October 21 or begin even earlier. You could even dive deeper by adding optional extension activities provided by Project Lead The Way. You know what works best for your students!
Implement the Challenge with your students
Your students will have the chance to design solutions to real-world problems related to Zero Waste! They will submit their solutions to the Challenge by Friday, 10/25 online to receive feedback from industry professionals.
Take advantage of industry expertise
Real-life industry professionals will be available virtually during STEM Week to help students design their solutions and connect what they are learning to careers in STEM. More information will be provided after training.
Send students to the Showcase on Friday, October 25th
Students will have the optional opportunity to present their Zero Waste solutions to STEM professionals. More details to be announced soon!

The Challenge: Zero Waste

Students will use STEM knowledge and skills to tackle real-world challenges about Zero Waste from partners TD Garden, home of the Bruins & Celtics, and MA Department of Environmental Protection.

K-2: Food Waste
3-5: Energy Waste
6-8: Plastic Waste
9-12: E-Waste

How will students solve these problems?

Learn real-world STEM content
Tackle real-world problems
Connect with real-world professionals
Submit real-world solutions!

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