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STEM in Colorado

  • STEM Education Roadmap for Colorado
    Every Colorado student deserves the opportunity to succeed in college, career and life in a 21st century economy. Increasingly, this requires critical thinking and problem solving skills. Vital to developing these skills and competencies are opportunities to engage in rigorous, relevant and engaging science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) instruction and experiences throughout the P-20 pipeline. Further, twelve of fourteen key industry sectors in Colorado require STEM skills. Colorado’s increasingly STEM-based economy will require many more students and adults to develop STEM skills. A statewide, systemic strategy for improving STEM education in Colorado is needed. The Colorado STEM Education Roadmap, released in October 2013, sets the vision and outlines the steps for this strategy. 

STEM Focused Schools

  • STEM Magnet Lab School (Northglenn, CO) 
    The STEM Magnet Lab School offers a full range of rigorous educational opportunities in science, technology, engineering, mathematics, literacy and social studies with full support of music, art and physical education. Problem Based Learning offers connected experiences between the home, school, and community. Student skills are developed for social, political and economic participation in a diverse, interdependent and changing world.
  • STEM Launch (Thonton, CO) 
    The mission of STEM Launch is to inspire achievement through rigorous, innovative, and authentic experiences.
  • Denver School of Science and Technology (DSST) Public Schools (Various locations) 
    DSST Public Schools transforms urban public education by eliminating educational inequity and preparing all students for success in college and the 21st century.
  • Preston Middle School (Fort Collins, CO) 
    Preston Middle School is a neighborhood school of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math for all students. Preston believes that by building STEM competence and confidence in middle school, we can influence the numbers of STEM graduates from university and enable Colorado graduates to access high-paying STEM jobs here on the Front Range. Preston's STEM school model has 5 components; rigorous academics, professional networking, exploration and discovery, challenging extra curricular competitions, and research and service.
  • STEM High Academy (Highlands Ranch, CO) 
    STEM High is a small charter school with an expected enrollment of 600 to 700 students at capacity, grades 9-12, designed to provide a rigorous core education during the regular school day with a Science, Technology, Engineering and Math curriculum focus. STEM High is working towards setting a higher, more rigorous academic standard and believes that when we expect more, we will get more. 
  • Colorado STEM Academy (Westminster, CO) 
    This is a school focused on stimulating the growth of young minds. Children attending Colorado STEM Academy will learn the critical thinking and technical skills they will need to compete in a world where many of the jobs of the future have not even been invented.

STEM in Action Grant Program

  • Grants Awarded
    Four STEM in Action grants were awarded for the 2014-2015 school year: Boulder Valley Mountain Schools, Centennial BOCES, Mountain Valley School District, Lake County School District.

STEM Programs Directories

  • Colorado Directory
    This directory contains some of the STEM programs in Colorado. If you know of a STEM program that is not currently listed, please submit the name of the program, the mission, a brief description, location, and your target population via email to Tera JonesSubmit Your STEM Program to the Colorado STEM Directory
  • National Girls Collaborative Project (NGCP) 
    The Program Directory lists organizations and programs that focus on motivating girls to pursue careers in STEM. The purpose of this directory is to help organizations and individuals network, share resources, and collaborate on STEM-related projects for girls.
    • Colorado Collaborative for Girls in STEM (CoCoSTEM)
      The Colorado Collaborative for Girls in STEM (CoCoSTEM) brings together organizations throughout Colorado that are committed to informing and motivating girls to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).
  • STEMworks Database 
    The programs in the STEMworks database have to clear a high bar. WestEd, an independent non-profit research, development, and service organization, rigorously reviews all of them against Change the Equation's Design Principles for Effective STEM Philanthropy and an accompanying Rubric. Only programs that perform well against the principles are admitted.

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