Online Industry Challenge

Student Industry Connects

Gateway and High School PLTW students can submit work before April break to receive authentic feedback from STEM professionals.

Check out the suggested PLTW projects and submission items here. Beyond those, any PLTW project that would benefit from industry expert feedback can be submitted. You’ll need to submit the primary project artifact as well as the project rubric, and ideally a brief explanation of the tackled challenge.

STEM Week Challenge participants that did not submit their projects for the October 23rd deadline can also submit to Student-Industry Connects. You can find details on submission requirements embedded in your STEM Week Challenge curriculum materials.

STEM professionals from across MA excited to share their expertise and experience with you and your students! All submitted projects will receive feedback. Additionally, each class with at least 5 projects submitted (or with all student participating) will have the opportunity to be connected with a STEM professional in May to set up a virtual classroom visit.

Submit student work here!

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  1. March 10

    Submission site opens

  2. midnight, April 16

    Submission deadline

Spend a few hours engaging with students across the Commonwealth, reviewing and providing written feedback on their work to help bring classwork to life and inspire students to see themselves as future STEM professionals!

Applied learning this year has been more challenging than ever, so we’re providing flexible, virtual industry engagement opportunities for our middle and high school Project Lead The Way students. Students will submit their solutions to challenges tackled in class for feedback from you – STEM professionals! Projects will encompass a range of disciplines along three pathways: engineering, computer science and biomedical science.

You can also choose to ‘adopt a classroom’ and become a virtual classroom visitor, through which you’ll be matched with a middle or high school STEM teacher and help them kick-off the last stretch of school before summer vacation in a powerful way.  You’ll spend 30-60 minutes engaging with students, sharing insights about your career path and what makes your profession so interesting.



  1. March 31

    [optional] Info Session: What does it mean to be an industry expert judge?

    Join this industry info session to learn more about the review and feedback process, the work students will be submitting, and the type of feedback they’re eager to receive. The session will be 12-12:45 pm.
  2. April 9

    Volunteer registration deadline

  3. April 13 & April 15

    [optional] Info Session: How do I give valuable feedback to middle and high school students?

    Join one of these industry info session to learn more about the projects students submitted, what makes for actionable and impactful feedback, and get a brief tour of the judging platform before jumping into judging. The info session on 4/13 will be 12-12:45 pm, the one on 4/15 will be 4-4:45 pm
  4. April 19

    Judging period begins

    You'll receive an email with your assigned projects for review and judging guidelines
  5. 5 pm, April 30

    Judging deadline

    Deadline to submit all your feedback and scores on student projects
  6. early May

    Virtual Classroom Visitor - Teacher Connection

    If you opted to 'adopt a classroom' you'll be introduced to your teacher match to discuss the details of your virtual classroom visit
  7. May - June

    Virtual Classroom Visits

    Have fun talking to students and sharing what makes your job so engaging and interesting!