The STEM Education Center at WPI recognizes and appreciates educators and education leaders dedicated to engaging and inspiring students in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) fields for the hard work they do every day. Our annual event - AweSTEM! - is designed to celebrate these individuals. Additionally it joins this community of educators together to share with each other and those at WPI the latest STEM education materials.

The STEM Education Center hosted its 5th annual celebration of PreK-12 STEM educators, AweSTEM! 2016. The 2016 theme was "STEM Collaborations: Helping Students Succeed." Thank you to those who attended. AweSTEM 2017 will be updated in the Fall 2016.

Below is contact information and additional handouts for all presenters. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact Katie Elmes.

Innovating STEM Education Through Flight and Aerospace Exploration
George Charles Allen
​AeroVenture Institute

Create Your Own Cereal Box
Christine Robbins, 
Auburn Middle School 
The Cereal Box STEM Math Problem (DOC)
Packaging Design Unit Description (DOC)

Independent Program with WPI Affiliation
​Kathi Fisler, 
Bootstrap in the news: Read the Article

Solar Power from Antarctica
Erin Da Silvaneto, and Cathy Plumb
Center School 
Renewable and Nonrenewable Energy PowerPoint (PPT)
Clean Air Booklet (PDF)
Mission 6: Renewable Energy (PDF)
Mission 7: Saving Energy (PDF)

Project Lead The Way
Carol Malstrom (program implementation, curriculum content, PLTW agreement, PLTW policies, budgeting, equipment/supply requirements, student scheduling),
Terry Adams (core training at WPI, college credit from WPI, issues specific to Massachusetts), 
​PLTW School Support, or 877-335-7589 
Detailed Overview (PDF)

MySTEM - Mentoring Youth in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics
Jessica Haggett, 
Big Brothers Big Sisters Central Mass/Metrowest
STEM Mentoring (DOC)
Popsicle Stick Catapult (DOC)

Master's Degrees for Educators: Math and Physics
Website: WPI Licensure & Degrees
Katie Elmes,  

Mass Academy Professional Development
Mike Barney,, and Rick Connell,  

WPI Undergraduate Projects for the K-12 Community
Contact for more information. 

Opportunities to Partner with WPI Faculty
Ivon Arroyo,  
Erin Ottmar, Graspable Math, 
​Oleg Pavlov, System Dynamics, 

Research Experience for Teachers
Aaron Sakulich, 

STEM Education Center Professional Development
Mia Dubosarsky, 

Neil Heffernan, Cristina Heffernan and Andrew Burnett, 

One Cool Friend
Lizz Trahan,, Amy Sullivan, Joan Bellerose, Jen Kephart, Julie Richards, Megan Wheeler, Sarah Beckeman, and Michelle Gauthier
Elmwood Street School 
Lesson Materials (PDF)

Pre-collegiate Outreach Programs
Website: WPI Pre-Collegiate Outreach
Sue Sontgerath, 

CSI: Millbury
Bonnie Nieves, 
​Millbury Memorial Jr/Sr High School 
Lesson Plan (DOC)

Assay of Photosynthesis Based on Leaf Flotation
Andrea Pereira,, and Jo vanderSpek, 
Worcester Technical High School 
Overview and Lesson Sequencing (DOC)
Leaf Flotation Assay (DOC)
Absorption Spectrum of Pigment Extracted from Chokecherry (DOC)
Leaf Disc Assay Questions (DOC)