Empowering Bright, Young Minds in the STEM Fields

Evan Do Carmo, our Support Lead and Developer, recently had the opportunity to volunteer at a Mass STEM showcase for Project Lead the Way (PLTW) students. PLTW provides transformative learning experiences in an engaging classroom environment for PreK-12 students and teachers across the country. Through the program, students are given the opportunity to develop and apply technical and soft skills by exploring real-world challenges, setting them up for long-term success in the STEM fields.

The non-profit organization invited STEM industry professionals from the surrounding area to judge projects showcased by local high school students at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) in Worcester, MA. Judging instructions emphasized providing real-world feedback. As a judge, Evan advised students on where they were successful and what they could improve upon. He also voted on projects competing for awards, such as best presentation and most creative.

He said, “It was fun and inspiring. I was a teacher in Brazil for seven years, so it was like those two worlds colliding.” He mentioned that the students he interacted with at this showcase were extremely bright and he was impressed by how they presented themselves professionally. He enjoyed seeing students’ thought-processes and designing principles as they explained their STEM projects. Evan really took note on how much work these students put into their projects and how invested they are.

Evan was pleased to help our community and support the work of PLTW, especially in our rapidly developing city. He stated, “ten24 values supporting the Worcester community, and it’s important to engage and empower the bright, young minds in our city and in the STEM industries as a whole,” so this was a great way to do both.

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