Learn Real World Skills.
Solve Real World Problems.

Thank you to the estimated 60,000 students and 1,600 educators from over 400 schools who participated in the STEM Week Challenge with Project Lead The Way!




Thank you for joining the Challenge!

An estimated 60,000 students and 1,600 educators from over 400 schools across Massachusetts tackled real-world zero waste problems for Mass STEM Week. Using activities, problems, and projects developed by Project Lead The Way, students designed prototypes to address critical sustainability issues: food waste, energy waste, plastics waste, and e-waste.


Students had the opportunity to receive authentic feedback from over 300 STEM professionals and sustainability experts.


See the 2019 STEM Week Challenge winners here.




Learn more about Project Lead The Way


Did your students enjoy solving real-world problems? Don’t let the excitement stop here! Learn how to bring Project Lead The Way to your classroom all year round.


Questions? Reach out to stemweek@mass-stemhub.org


Inspire the next generation of problem solvers

STEM Week may be over, but there are opportunities to stay involved with Mass STEM Hub year-round, including:

Dec & Jan | Online Challenges Reviewer: Middle and high school students in Project Lead The Way courses will submit projects online for your written feedback and review.
Jan. 29 | Computer Science Innovators Showcase: Explore the novel apps and interactive safety devices middle school students in PLTW computer science courses have developed and built at the Microsoft NERD Center in Cambridge.
Feb. (date TBD) | High School Workshop Mentor: Work side by side with high school students as they develop novel solutions in their PLTW engineering, biomedical science, and computer science courses. Hosted at UMass Lowell.
Have an idea? Register to let us know or contact us at stemweek@mass-stemhub.org

Thank you to our partners!

  • Project Lead The Way
    • Project Lead The Way designed a custom curriculum open to all K-12 schools in Massachusetts for the STEM Week Challenge, along with comprehensive educator training, resources, and toolkits.
    • Learn more about Project Lead The Way here.


  • Challenge Partners
    • Dell Technologies, MassDEP and TD Garden provided context and expertise surrounding the zero waste challenges students tackled, provided volunteers, and additional resources such as advertising and prizes.
    • Learn more about our partners here.


  • Industry Volunteers
    • Thank you to all volunteers who made this experience possible for students. Thank you especially to the following organizations who provided ten or more volunteers: BAE Systems, Broad Insitute, MassDOT, Medtronic, Phillips Health Care, SACYR, Wayfair
Project Lead The Way provides transformative learning experiences for PreK-12 students and teachers across the U.S.

The Challenge: Zero Waste

Students used STEM knowledge and skills to tackle real-world challenges about Zero Waste from partners Dell Technologies, TD Garden, and Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection.

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

How did students address these problems?

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