AweSTEM! 2013 focused on looking at best practices and exemplary activities in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) as well as looking at ways to effectively integrate STEM subjects with each other as well as across grade levels. Participants additionally heard from the range of opportunities for them at WPI. 

Below are the activities presented by the K-12 educators along with their contact information. For information on the opportunities presented by WPI, please check your booklet for each website.

Opportunities at WPI

Explore opportunities for educators at WPI in our STEM Education Center booklet (PDF).

Integrated STEM


Presenter: Madeline Wheeler, Quaboag Regional School District

Email: mwheeler@quaboagrsd.org

Shared Information (PDF)


Presenter: John Staley, Worcester Public Schools

Email: staleyj@worc.k12.ma.us

Brochure (PDF)

Learning Fair Project (PDF)

Learning Fair Science Assignment (PDF)

Learning Fair Timeline History Assignment (PDF)

Elementary School 


Presenter: Lynn Fiandaca, Leominster Public Schools

Email: lynn.fiandaca@leominster.mec.edu

Activity: Tree Farm

Tree Farm Unit (PDF)

Making Brochures (PDF)

Creating and Maintaining a Holiday Tree Farm (PDF)

Balsam Fir and Fraser Fir Slides (PDF)

Balsam Fir and Fraser Fir Research (PDF)

Balsam and Fraser Fir Research Response Sheet (PDF)


Presenter: Devon Rehm on behalf of Martha Cyr, WPI

Email: mcyr@wpi.edu

Activity 1: Make an Alarm!

Make an Alarm! Directions

Activity 2: Sneaking Up on Sneakers

Sneaking Up on Sneakers Directions


Presenter: Colleen Mucha, Quaboag Regional School District

Email: cmucha@quaboagrsd.org

Activity: Reciprocal Math

Reciprocal Math 1 (PDF)

Reciprocal Math 2 (PDF)

Reciprocal Math 3 (PDF)

Reciprocal Math Desk Cards (PDF)

Problem Solving Method (PDF)

Hamster Problem (PDF)

Middle School


Presenter: Kelly Graveson, Douglas Public Schools

Email: kgraveson@douglas.k12.ma.us

Activity: Space Week

Overview of Space Week Part 1 (PDF)

Overview of Space Week Part 2 (PDF)

Promising Practices Description (PDF)

Other Resource: NASA for Educators


Presenter: Dave Hagberg, Westborough Public Schools

Email: hagbergd@westborough.k12.ma.us

Activity: Technical Writing and Geometry

Technical Writing/Geometry Project (PDF)

Geometric Shapes and How to Define Them for Technical Writing (PDF)

Student Assessment of Technical Writing Project (PDF)

Technical Writing Materials List (PDF)

Technical Writing Guidelines (PDF)


Presenter: Christine Robbins, Auburn Public Schools

Email: crobbins@auburn.k12.ma.us

Activity 1: Siege Machine

Siege Machine Lesson Plan (PDF)

Siege Machines Writing Activity (PDF)

Catapults (PDF)

Trebuchets (PDF)

Activity 2: Marble Track

Marble Track Lesson Plan  (PDF)

High School


Presenter: Brian Dempsey, Acton-Boxborough Regional School District  

Email: bdempsey@abschools.org

Activity: Protein Project

Protein Project (PDF)

Project Opener (PDF)

Protein Project Slides (PDF)

Examples of Proteins (PDF)

Grading Score Sheet (PDF)


Presenter: Jackie Bonneau, Mass Academy

Email: bonneau@wpi.edu

Activity 1: Candy Atoms

Candy Atoms Directions (PDF)

Activity 2: Patterns - More is Better

Patterns (PDF)

Periodic Table (PDF)

Other Activities

Don't Be Dense About Density (PDF)

Goggles Song (PDF)

Sweet 16 Chemistry Compound Tournament

Periodic Table Writing (PDF)

pH Home Test (PDF)

What Element is This? (PDF)


Presenter: Ryan Dailey, Hudson Public Schools

Email: rdailey@hudson.k12.ma.us

Activity: Mobile Workbench Project

Mobile Workbench Project Directions (PDF)

Rubric (PDF)


Presenter: Nancy Lowery, Shrewsbury Public Schools 

Email: nlowery@shrewsbury.k12.ma.us

Activity 1: U-Substitution Integral Puzzles

U-Substitution Integral Puzzles Directions (PDF)

Activity 2: Size Transformation Investigation

Size Transformation Investigation Directions (PDF)

Activity 3: Triangle/Quadrilateral Identification Activity

Triangle/Quadrilateral Identification Directions (PDF)


Presenter: Nick Nicastro, Wachusett Regional School District

Email: nick_nicastro@wrsd.net

Activity 1: Copenhagen

Copenhagen Directions (PDF)

Follow-up (PDF)

Glossary (PDF)

Activity 2: How to Build a Lou-Vee Aircar

Aircar Directions (PDF)

Aircar Rules (PDF)

Aircar Eval (PDF)

Aircar Rubric (PDF)

Activity 3: Universal Gravitation

Universal Gravitation (PDF)

Gravitational Field Worksheet (PDF)

Planetary Ellipses Exercise (PDF)

Planets Lab (PDF)

Planets Lab Chart (PDF)

TMP Centripetal Accel. Vector (PDF)

Activity 4: The Physics Behind Light-Emitting Diodes

Planck Lab (PDF)

Plancks Student Worksheets (PDF)

Activity 5: Constant Composition

Composition Lab (PDF)

Data Sheet 1 (PDF)

Data Sheet 2 (PDF)