Help inspire students, bring real-world relevance to what they’re learning in school, and increase interest in Science, Technology, Engineering & Math, as a classroom volunteer with Catalyst.

Catalyst is a bold new plan to radically transform middle school learning to ensure that all children have access to the deeper learning opportunities they crave, and that all teachers have the supports they need to build the skills and networks of our next generation leaders. Work in partnership with an experienced Project Lead The Way (PLTW) teacher to deliver engaging, high-quality learning experiences for middle school students in topics like app creation, automation and robotics, and computer science.

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We’re looking for a variety of professionals with experience in programming, computer science, engineering, and more!

You’ll have the opportunity to:

  • Visit the classroom 3-4 times (1 hour each) over a 3-6 week period (April to June)

  • Work with teams of students to improve their designs and presentations

  • Help students work on strategies for collaboration and problem-solving

  • Share stories about your career pathway to help ignite student interest in STEM and job opportunities

  • Network with other dedicated volunteers

Match with teachers in public middle schools in a location of your choosing.

This program is offered in partnership with a select set of schools with teachers participating in the Mass STEM Hub and Project Lead The Way (PLTW) Initiative, in:

Chelmsford
Boston
Everett
Fall River

Lynn
Revere
Salem
Stoneham

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PLTW App Creators

Students use computer science as a means of computationally analyzing and developing solutions to authentic problems through mobile app development.

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PLTW Computer Science for Innovators & Makers

Students learn about programming for the physical world by blending hardware design and software development.

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PLTW Automation & Robotics

Students trace the history and influence of automation and robotics as they learn about mechanical systems, energy transfer, machine automation, and computer control systems.

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Want to get involved? Follow these steps to get started:

  1. Complete short online application.

  2. Within a week, a Citizen Schools staff member will reach out to schedule a 15-minute introductory call.

  3. Within 2 weeks of the project start date, we’ll let you know if you’ve been selected, which school site you are matched to, the teacher you are partnering with, and the Catalyst course you will be co-teaching.

  4. Attend a 2-hour Volunteer Training held locally. Dates for trainings will be available late February. A great opportunity for networking!

  5. Complete brief prework/preread (1-hour) a week before project begins.

  6. Have 30-minute phone call with Teacher to prep and plan before first classroom visit.

  7. Attend 3-4 classes (approximately 1 hour each) over the course of 3-6 weeks, March to June (with the same teacher and same group of students).

Any questions? Please contact Amy Chan, Interim Director of Partnerships, at amychan@citizenschools.org

Mass STEM Hub

Mass STEM Hub

Mass STEM Hub, a program of the One8 Foundation, partners with schools to implement high-quality, applied learning programs. Their mission is to provide schools with access to and support for premier STEM programming that engages students and prepares them for college and 21st century careers. Their first initiative is partnering with Project Lead The Way to increase access to PLTW curriculum and resources, helping classrooms come alive in school across the Commonwealth.

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Project Lead the Way

Project Lead The Way (PLTW) is a nonprofit organization that provides a transformative learning experience for PreK-12 students and teachers across the U.S. PLTW empowers students to develop in-demand, transportable knowledge and skills through pathways in computer science, engineering, and biomedical science. PLTW’s teacher training and resources support teachers as they engage their students in real-world learning. Approximately 11,500 elementary, middle, and high schools in all 50 states and the District of Columbia offer PLTW programs.