Connect with STEM Professionals

Students will have multiple opportunities to connect what they are learning to the real world, access STEM expertise, and present their work to professionals working in STEM fields.

Why it’s meaningful for students

  • Collaborate to tackle real-world STEM challenges around “Zero Waste”
  • Receive advice and feedback from industry experts
  • Explore STEM careers
  • Get excited and motivated by competition and conversations with industry professionals

Ask an expert for help:

Seek expertise from professionals as you are working on the Challenge

During the month of October, leading up to and during STEM Week (Oct. 21-25), students will have the opportunity to learn directly from professionals working in STEM fields.

Receive real world feedback:

Winning student projects will be chosen by STEM professionals

Take advantage of the project rubrics provided as part of the curriculum to reflect on how students solved the Challenge in your classroom. Then, submit the top projects for review by experts!

Use a simple online form to share work that students create by Friday, Oct. 25.

  • Elementary: Teachers submit one project per class
  • Middle school:Teachers submit up to three projects
  • High school: Teams submit their work directly.
  • Submissions will be shared with industry experts who select top projects for prizes!

Note: All submitted projects will be reviewed and considered for prizes. Only middle and high school projects will be provided feedback by professionals.

Present solutions to professionals:

Engage with and receive feedback from STEM professionals at 10/25 showcase

Students present their work to leaders and industry professionals in Boston, gaining a sense of pride for making authentic contributions to STEM fields.

  1. Location: Reggie Lewis Center in Boston
  2. Date: Friday, October 25th
  3. Registration: Space is limited and registration is required. Make sure to register by Friday 10/11!

Real Life STEM Applications

Here are some examples of how STEM is being applied in the real world by some of the leading brands.

Dell Continues to Close the Loop on E-waste
“We’ve made a really good run at making electronics recycling convenient and easy, but there is an opportunity for the entire IT industry.” — Dell’s Scott O’Connell Learn more
Professor Mike Timko: Waste Should Be Viewed as a Resource
Dr. Prisca M. Henheik, Editor of Advanced Sustainable Systems, talked with Professor Mike Timko, Chemical Engineering at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI), Worcester Massachusetts, about his research and vision of a world without waste. Learn more
Get Rid of It Right: Cambridge’s Zero Waste Game
Learn about City of Cambridge’s waste diversion programs in a fun way with our brand new Get Rid of It Right waste sorting game. Sort materials correctly and win fun items to build your own digital park! Learn more
UML Recognized for Waste Reduction Efforts
U.S. Rep Lori Trahan tours the university’s Urban Agriculture Greenhouse with Director of Sustainability Ruairi O’Mahony. The Urban Agriculture Program was recently highlighted in AASHE’s 2019 Sustainable Campus Index. Learn more