For PK-12 Educators

Teachers at a STEM Education Center workshop


At the STEM Education Center at WPI, we believe teaching high-quality STEM is more than simply emphasizing Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.

STEM is an educational philosophy, a way of teaching that prepares students for the world of the future by creating interconnected, authentic, relevant and inclusive learning experiences while promoting skills that allow students to become successful problem solvers.

We build and support the capacity of STEM educators to provide equitable opportunities that excite and inspire all students by offering standard-aligned PBL experiences tackling issues of real-world relevance and research-based best practices.


Image showing the number of educators, states and countries the center has conducted PD with



Emily Dodge
Collaborating with the STEM Education Center on ongoing, targeted professional development over the last two years has substantially increased our out-of-school time partners' capacity to develop and implement high-quality, engaging, and authentic project-based learning opportunities.
  • Emily Dodge
  • Deputy Director
  • Worcester Education Collaborative, Worcester, MA
Kristy Ditrano
The STEM Certificate course gave me the confidence to make connections between math and science and the courage to incorporate engineering into my lessons. I am now empowered to try things that used to be considered “out of my comfort zone”.
  • Kristy Ditrano
  • Middle School Math Teacher
  • PS/IS 119 in Glendale, Queens, NY
Christine Robbins
The WPI STEM Education Center is like a one stop shopping STEM experience for me; I can attend a PD session one day and implement it in my classroom the next day; I can even get materials on loan from the Center if needed. It's fun AND easy to use!
  • Christine Robbins
  • STEM Teacher
  • Auburn Middle School, Auburn, MA
Shawn Fortin
The STEM Education Center was instrumental in launching our district-wide STEM initiative in 2018 and we have continued to access their PD offerings for ongoing support, guidance, and enhancement ever since! We could not have gotten this far without them!
  • Shawn Fortin
  • Assistant Superintendent for Teaching and Learning
  • Belchertown Public Schools, Belchertown, MA
Nana Abdelkader
The STEM Education Center provides exceptional support for and collaboration with educators for successful STEM implementation that is individualized to meet each school’s needs and missions.
  • Nana Abdelkader
  • STREAM Consultant
  • Alhuda Academy, Worcester, MA
Suchira Channoi
My collaboration with WPI STEM Education Center has changed my life as an educator. I've never been more confident to incorporate STEM Education in my teaching practice for young children.
  • Suchira Channoi
  • Teacher
  • Worcester Head Start, Worcester, MA
Andrew Hall
The process we went through with the STEM Education Center at WPI was truly a transformational experience for not only our district but for myself as a school leader. Walking through our classrooms, the imprint of that collaborative work can be seen everywhere you go.
  • Andrew Hall
  • Principal
  • Elmwood Street School Millbury, MA
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Collaboration with DESE

The STEM Education Center’s quality professional development (PD) work led to a number of collaboration projects with the Massachusetts Department of Elementary & Secondary Education (DESE). The Center was the recipient of several DESE grants, including the Massachusetts Mathematics & Science Partnership (MMSP) and the Math & Science Ambassadors. In addition, the Center was selected to provide PD to teachers across the state for the Innovative Science Assessments Pilot Project and the Open Access Professional Learning (OAPL) for science.