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#BigBeacon Twitter chat – May 27 – School’s Out: Sparking Summertime #STEM Excitement!

PLTWSchool is out for the summer, but student learning doesn’t have to – and shouldn’t – stop.

Countless studies show summer learning loss is a real challenge for American students. The average “summer slide” in math and reading amounts to one month per year, with a two-month loss of reading skills occurring among low-income students, according to a 2011 RAND Corporation report.

Summertime #STEM engagement is critical to students reaching their potential, and by taking a relevant, activity-based approach to summer STEM education, learning becomes an experience that’s both enriching and fun.

On May 27 at 8 p.m. ET, please join Project Lead The Way (PLTW) on Twitter for a conversation on summertime STEM engagement. Discussion topics:

  • How can students stay engaged in STEM during the summer?
  • How can parents with and without STEM backgrounds encourage students to stay engaged and excited about STEM? How can they get involved?
  • What titles should be on students’ summer STEM reading lists?
  • How can STEM teachers continue learning during the summer months?

Get involved by following and utilizing the hashtag #PLTWBB.

About Project Lead The Way

Project Lead The Way (PLTW) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and the nation’s leading provider of K-12 STEM programs. PLTW’s world-class, activity-, project- , problem-based curriculum and high-quality teacher professional development, combined with an engaged network of educators and corporate partners, help students develop the skills needed to succeed in our global economy. More than 6,500 elementary, middle, and high schools in all 50 states and the District of Columbia are currently offering PLTW courses to their students.
For more information, visit

How to Twitter Chat

If you have never Twitter chatted before, don’t worry; it’s very easy. First, get a Twitter account if you don’t already have one, and log in. At 8 p.m. ET on Wednesday, May 27, 2015, go to and type #PLTWBB into the search box on Twitter. Thereafter all the tweets with the hashtag #PLTWBB will show up on your Twitter page. To participate, simply express your opinion by sending a tweet, and be sure to append the hashtag #PLTWBB so other members of the Twitter Chat see you are posting.

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