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Propelling Our World

Engineering can seem mysterious, but it touches your life every single day! Put simply, engineering is the application of science and math to solve problems. By hosting our NEW National PTA STEM + Families Propelling Our World program, you'll help demystify engineering for students and their families by offering easy and fun design challenges for them to do together.

Learn more about Huntington Ingalls Industries, sponsor of STEM + Families Propelling Our World program.

Huntington Ingalls Industries
Sponsored by Huntington Ingalls Industries

Host a Propelling Our World Program


PTAs can host a successful STEM + Families Propelling Our World program at home using the following toolkit, which includes helpful how-to documents and sample templates.

STEM + Families Propelling Our World Program at Home Toolkit


As part of the PTA Programs at Home initiative, your PTA has the option to determine which model you want to use to best engage your school community: Real-Time, At Your Own Pace or Tech-Free.


In-Person STEM + Families Propelling Our World Toolkit


This toolkit includes helpful how-to documents and sample templates you can use to make planning an in-person STEM + Families Propelling Our World program easy.

You can also download this Hosting a STEM + Families Propelling Our World Program From Start to Finish Guide, which includes the same information as the toolkit all in one PDF.

STEP 1: Plan Your Event 

Form a planning committee by inviting parents and teachers of STEM subjects to join. Recruit at least 10-15 volunteers to help during the program. Organize your tasks, create a budget and schedule deadlines. Reach out to local partners to gain donations and community volunteers.

General Planning

Engineering Design Challenges

Getting Volunteers

Hosting events like this is also a great way to recruit new PTA members! Consider having recruitment flyers like this one at your event.

STEP 2: Promote Your Event

Utilize as many platforms as possible for promoting your event. Translate documents into languages your school community speaks.

STEP 3: Host Your Event

Ensure that everything goes smoothly at your Propelling Our World event! Offer take-aways to parents who attend to help them retain and build on what they learned.

We have also provided family guides with instructions for adults and family members to use.

STEP 4: Wrap Up

Be sure to thank your PTA, school staff, community partners and parent volunteers. Gather feedback, report your results to National PTA and use the findings to plan your next event. National PTA recommends offering an incentive for completing the survey (e.g. enter names into a drawing for a $50 gift card donated by a local merchant).



Who is Huntington Ingalls Industries?

Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) is America’s largest military shipbuilding company and a provider of professional services to partners in government and industry. For more than a century, HII’s Newport News and Ingalls shipbuilding divisions in Virginia and Mississippi have built more ships in more ship classes than any other U.S. naval shipbuilder. HII’s Technical Solutions division supports national security missions around the globe with unmanned systems, defense and federal solutions, and nuclear and environmental services. Headquartered in Newport News, Virginia, HII employs more than 42,000 people operating both domestically and internationally.



Email or call (800) 307-4782.

National PTA does not endorse any commercial entity, product, or service. No endorsement of Huntington Ingalls Industries is implied.


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