WORCESTER – More than 100 seniors participated in Mass STEM Hub’s STEM Signing Day at WPI on Thursday, committing to studying STEM disciplines after graduating high school.
At the signing day, student teams from Doherty Memorial High School, Uxbridge High School, Blackstone Valley Technical High School, and Leominster High School were selected as winners for their engineering, computer science, and biomedical science projects.
“There is really an incredible impact you can make with your skills on peoples’ lives,” Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito said. “Massachusetts has one of the most innovative economies in the country and in order for it to continue to grow and thrive and create new jobs and opportunities for people […], we need the talent to drive it. It is talent development that is driving innovation in this economy in Massachusetts.”
Over 100 students from 12 high schools across Massachusetts were recognized – more than triple compared to 2018’s event. These students who participated in rigorous engineering, computer science, and biomedical science PLTW classes during their high school careers are going on to study at academic institutions including Northeastern University, UMass Lowell, Virginia Tech, Wentworth Institute of Technology, and WPI.
“I am thrilled to welcome these Project Lead The Way students to campus for STEM Signing Day, and I’m especially excited that a number of them will be joining the WPI Class of 2023,” Laurie Leshin, President of Worcester Polytechnic Institute, said. “The Project Lead The Way curriculum exposes students to something they’ll find very useful in their college careers: the experience of trying something new, possibly failing, learning, and then pivoting and trying again. It’s those experiences that make a great learner and a great STEM thinker, and that’s what the world needs right now. Congratulations to all the students here, and to Project Lead The Way.”
Mass STEM Hub’s High School Student Showcase featured projects by over 300 high school students in PLTW’s courses across Massachusetts. In these courses, students engage in applied learning, helping students develop 21st century skills including critical thinking, complex problem-solving, communication, and collaboration – all needed to succeed in today’s rapidly changing, tech-infused world.
Here is a full list of participating schools at yesterday’s signing day:
Blackstone Valley Tech
BMC Durfee High School (Fall River)
Chelmsford High School
Danvers High School
Doherty Memorial High School (Worcester)
Everett High School
Excel Charter High School
Greater New Bedford Vocational
Hopedale Junior Senior High School
Leominster High School
Lowell High School
Milford High School
Plymouth South High School
Shepherd Hill High School
Uxbridge High School
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