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Colorado STEMworks

STEMworks is Colorado’s source for high-quality STEM education programs. Each program in STEMworks has been independently vetted and cleared a very high bar for quality. WestEd, an independent nonprofit research organization, has reviewed each program against CTEq's Design Principles for Effective STEM Philanthropy and an accompanying Rubric. Business leaders, funders and STEM advocates from across the nation use STEMworks to find proven and highly-scalable STEM education programs to help them maximize their impact on STEM education.

In January 2015, a new partnership among Colorado Education Initiative (CEI), Colorado Technology Association (CTA), and Change the Equation (CTEq) collaborated to launch the Colorado STEMworks program to identify and promote effective science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education programs. This project resulted in a robust database of 17 effective pK-12 STEM programs across Colorado who are also recognized nationally. This project is designed to promote and expand impactful, scalable and sustainable STEM programs here in Colorado.

Businesses leaders, funders, and STEM advocates tap the STEMworks database for high-quality STEM programs to help maximize their impact on STEM education. Funders know that each STEMworks program has gone through a rigorous vetting process and has cleared a very high bar for quality.


In November, President Obama publicly praised Change the Equation members and STEMworks for improving STEM learning for students nationwide. In 2014, STEMworks programs: 
• Received $24 million in financial support from Change the Equation members

• Reached roughly 330,000 more young people with this support
• Helped build new partnerships


The application and review cycle for the 2016 Colorado STEMworks database has completed. Dates for the 2017 application cycle will be announced in the coming months.


Through the 2016 application process four new STEM programs were added to the Colorado STEMworks Database. They are:

  • Adams 12 Five Star STEM Schools & STEMinspired
  • Open World Learning 
  • STEM Leadership Academy
  • ST Math


Additionally, two programs already in the Colorado STEMworks Database improved their standing from Promising to Accomplished. They are:

  • KidsTek


Click here for a full list of Colorado STEMworks Programs


Click here to find out more about volunteering to be a STEMworks Application Reviewer


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