Hurricane Heroes


Hurricane Heroes

Wade Institute for Science Education
2023–2024 Rise to the Challenge
Focus Workshop Series
Based on Massachusetts STEM Week Design Challenges

Hurricane Heroes
A Two-Day Focus Workshop

Challenge: A category 4 hurricane has hit fictional Storm City, Massachusetts. The city faces several problems that can only be solved by your engineering team.

Investigations include evacuating citizens, building shelter, moving floodwaters, and designing alternative energy sources. The challenge culminates in a redesign of the city’s resources to prevent future disaster. 

Dates: Friday, November 3rd and Saturday, November 4th, 2023 (8:30 AM–3:30 PM ET)
Location: Massasoit Community College, Canton, MA
Collaborating Partners: Lloyd Center for the Environment; Buttonwood Park Zoo

Registration Information

Cost: $250 per workshop; $450 for 2 workshops; $650 for all 3 workshops
PDPs and Optional Graduate Credit for Each Workshop: 14 PDPs available without graduate credit. 22.5 PDPs and 1 graduate credit are available for an additional cost.  
Grade Levels: The challenges are designed for middle school students but are easily adaptable to upper elementary or high school settings.

Other workshops include the Survivor Island Challenge and the Extreme Zoo Makeover. You can participate in one, two, or all three workshops! Register online today at!