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Interdisciplinary Learning on Advanced Technology Strengthens STEM at Marlborough High School

In 2011, Marlborough High School (MHS) in Massachusetts established their STEM Early College High School program after receiving a grant from the U.S. DOL and the Massachusetts Department of Education. The goal? Develop students’ critical thinking skills by offering a higher level of interdisciplinary learning on state-of-the-art equipment.

“What we’ve started to understand is the American workforce, especially in the high-skill industry sectors, is dwindling. In order to change that, we have to change the way we’re educating students,” said Dan Riley, Director, Marlborough Public Schools, STEM Early College High School.


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Paul Duplessis teaches CAD to Marlborough High School’s STEM students.

Paul Duplessis teaches CAD to Marlborough High School’s STEM students.

“I like to see the excitement as students test and solve engineering problems, redesign projects and test again to find the proper solution. This really is the ultimate in student-driven learning with hands-on, project-based investigation that leads to solutions.”

Paul Duplessis, Marlborough High School