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Fourteen Valley Tech Seniors Commit to STEM College Majors

Fourteen Blackstone Valley Regional Vocational Technical High School (BVT) seniors participated in Mass STEM Hub's STEM Signing Day, committing to studying STEM disciplines after graduation. STEM Signing Day and High School Student Showcase were organized by Mass STEM Hub for Project Lead The Way (PLTW) students on May 2 at Worcester Polytechnic Institute.

Borrowing from the athletics tradition that celebrates student-athletes who sign

on to play a sport at the collegiate level, STEM Signing Day was an opportunity to celebrate students who are committed to pursuing STEM disciplines after graduating from high school. 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.

All of the students received authentic feedback from STEM industry volunteer judges on their projects and presentations, connecting the work they did in the classroom to the work these experts do daily. Over 100 professionals volunteered as judges, from over 40 organizations including Comcast, MassDOT's Highway Division, Boston Scientific, Cisco, Saint-Gobain, and Wayfair. Judges selected winning projects in four categories, including mastery of concept, best capstone project, presentation skills,

and innovation. The Excellence in Presentation award was awarded to a team from Blackstone Valley Technical High School, who presented a library renovation civil engineering and architecture plan. This team was acknowledged for delivering a clear and concise project overview and showing outstanding knowledge of their topic.

The local seniors who participated in Mass STEM Hub's STEM Signing Day and Showcase, including their hometown, planned college and major are:

Christopher Calvao, Milford, University of Massachusetts Amherst, Biomedical Engineering Conner Christensen, Mendon, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Mechanical Engineering Zachary Comer, Mendon, Virginia Tech, Computer Science

Charles Doe, Mendon, Wentworth, Civil Engineering (Minor in ES)

Alex Goldberg, Milford, University of Massachusetts Amherst, Computer Science Taber Grose, Milford, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Aerospace Engineering Mary Kennedy, Mendon, University of Massachusetts Lowell, Mechanical

Engineering Cameron Pelletier, Milford, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Electrical and Computer Engineering




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