Thanks to the business relationships fostered by Partnerships for a Skilled Workforce (PSW), nearly 60 local businessmen and women gathered in the MHS field house on June 3 to judge the Marlborough Early College High School STEM Expo.  TheStudents explain project employers had the opportunity to speak directly with the students, questioning their process and decision-making as well as the project outcome, before awarding prizes.

As part of the STEM program’s project-based learning, the ninth and tenth graders were charged with either creating a “green” product, or endeavoring to colonize Mars. The projects showed creativity and a true commitment to excellence as several teams explained how they had overcome obstacles along the way to the finished product.

Volunteering to judge at the STEM Expo is just one way PSW invites local employers to engage with students. Opportunities exist to join the Speakers Bureau, host a job shadow or site visit, mentor a STEM student, sponsor a work-based learning project, or hire an intern. If you want to help build the talent pipeline for your future workforce, contact Laura Purutyan at lbpurutyan@pswinc.org.