Pembroke High School Receives Grant to Support STEM Career Learning

For Immediate Release                                                           

February 8, 2023


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Pembroke High School  Receives Grant to Support STEM Career Learning

 Pembroke High School will add Project Lead The Way programs to provide hands-on, applied learning and in-depth teacher professional development.


Pembroke, Mass. (February 7, 2023) – Pembroke Public Schools announced today that it has received grant funds from the One8 Foundation to offer new applied learning and curricular programming from Project Lead The Way (PLTW) that will better prepare students for school and career success. PLTW is a nonprofit organization that provides a transformative learning experience for PreK-12 students and teachers through pathways in computer science, engineering, and biomedical science. With the PLTW curriculum, students apply what they have learned to solve real-world problems. Pembroke High School joins more than 12,400 schools across the country, offering PLTW programs to millions of students.

“Grant funding from the One8 Foundation will allow us to expand rigorous learning with a hands-on problem solving approach for engineering and Biomedical courses. The addition of engineering and Biomedical courses strengthens our commitment to college and career readiness for our students.” said Marybeth Brust, Assistant Superintendent.

Since 2017, the One8 Foundation, alongside the Massachusetts STEM Advisory Council, the Workforce Skill Cabinet, and the Massachusetts Life Science Center, have provided support to expand PLTW programming for students across the Commonwealth to better prepare them for a rapidly changing, data-rich world. PLTW coursework in biomedical science, engineering, and computer science provides students with many skills they will need to access opportunities in sectors that are powering the state economy.

“Students are hungry for experiences that allow them to apply what they are learning to solve real-world, meaningful problems. Providing equitable access to hands-on STEM programs that deliver academic gains while building critical thinking and complex problem solving skills ensures students are engaged and interested in their schooling and prepared for success in this ever changing world,” said Joanna Jacobson, President of the One8 Foundation.

Pembroke High School will use grant funds to start its PLTW  Biomedical Science, and Engineering programs. Funds from the grant will support teacher professional development and the purchase of materials and equipment that will be used in PLTW courses. In addition, as a school with PLTW programming in Massachusetts, Pembroke High School will have access to a regular set of teacher-professional learning opportunities, student project showcases, and connections to industry professionals offered by Mass STEM Hub, a program of the One8 Foundation.

"We are proud to partner with Pembroke High School to bring real-world learning to more students in Massachusetts," said Dr. David Dimmett, PLTW President and CEO. "PLTW provides students with engaging learning opportunities that prepare the next generation for great careers and other life opportunities."


About PLTW

Project Lead The Way (PLTW) is a mission-driven organization transforming the learning experience for millions of PreK-12 students and teachers across the country. 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 12,400 elementary, middle, and high schools in all 50 states and the District of Columbia offer PLTW programs. For more information on Project Lead The Way, visit Pembroke Community Middle School has been a PLTW school since 2018.  All students at PCMS take three PLTW modules during grades 7 and 8.

About the One8 Foundation

The One8 education team identifies, supports, and scales high-impact applied learning programs that engage students actively in their learning and prepare them for success in a rapidly changing, data-rich world. One8 is committed to building a future where high-quality applied learning opportunities oriented around STEM and 21st-century skills that make learning relevant, stimulating, and rewarding are a regular part of the student experience, driving impact for all students. The One8 Foundation currently supports four applied learning programs in the Commonwealth: OpenSciEd, PBLWorks, Project Lead The Way, and ST Math. Learn more at


About Mass STEM Hub

Mass STEM Hub is the One8 team that works on the ground with schools and leaders to assist in the implementation of One8’s applied learning programs. Learn more at