Colorado STEMworks Database

Colorado STEMworks Database STEMWorks

The Colorado STEMworks database provides a list of effective Colorado STEM programs vetted by a partnership that includes CEI, the Colorado Technology Association (CTA), and Change the Equation (CTEq).

Colorado is only one of three states, along with Arizona and Iowa, to have developed such a database of high-quality, proven programs.

List of Colorado STEMworks Programs

Do you think your STEM program has the goods to meet our standards? You may submit an application to include your program in the Colorado STEMworks database.  

The 2017 Application is now OPEN! 

 How to Apply 

Programs that serve primarily target audiences in Colorado may apply through this process. If your program serves audiences mostly outside of Colorado, please apply through our national STEMworks application portal during an open application period. If you have questions about your eligibility for the Colorado STEMworks program, please contact Liz Kuehl at the Colorado Education Initiative or Matt Wendel at the Colorado Technology Association

Summary of important dates and deadlines:

  • May 15, 2017–STEM application opens.
  • May 31, 2017, 3-4:00 pm Mountain time–Webinar for prospective applicants. CTEq will hold a webinar on STEMworks and the proposal process. (Register for the webinar.) Missed the webinar? Stay tuned for a recording.
  • August 11, 2017, 4 pm Mountain Time–Pre-screening application due.
  • August 18, 2017, 4 pm Mountain Time–Full application due.
  • August 18-September 29, 2017–Applications reviewed.
  • September 29-October 13, 2017–Programs informed and results announced.

The Proposal Process
The proposal process has four steps:

  1. Register. Programs must register with the CTEq proposal site to gain access to the proposal site.
  2. Create a program profile. You will be asked to provide basic information about your program. If your program is included in the CTEq STEMworks Database, this information will be part of your program’s public online profile.
  3. Upload supporting documents: Before you can begin the full proposal, you will be asked to upload some basic documents into the system. You must complete this step before the August 11th deadline. Programs will be expected to have most, though not necessarily all, of these documents before they can complete a full proposal:
    • Strategic plan
    • Annual report
    • Budget report
    • List of partners
    • Evaluation plan
    • Organizational chart
    • Alignment to relevant standards (STEM content and/or practices)
    • Sample curriculum or program activities

Programs that do not provide sufficient documents will be referred back to the proposal website for examples of the types of evidence expected in a STEMworks proposal. All documents must be uploaded in PDF format. When you upload a file, you will be able to add a brief description.

  1. Complete the online program ratings: Programs must rate themselves as Accomplished, Developing, or Undeveloped on each of the ten CTEq Design Principles.
    • After you rate your program on each Design Principle, you will provide an explanation of your self-rating. This explanation will not only justify your self-assessment, it will provide reviewers with a clear understanding of how evidence you provided for the pre-screen checklist supports your self-rating. You will also select each uploaded evidence file that you refer to in your summary paragraph.
    • You may use the same evidence to support your claims for more than one Principle, but your summaries should clearly convey how each Principle is specifically supported by the evidence you cite.
    • The Rubric offers examples of evidence that can support each Design Principle.
    • You will be able to review and update your self-ratings and evidence at any time prior to submission.

Please review the CTEq Design Principles and Rubric thoroughly before starting the proposal.

See a brief orientation video: Introduction and Orientation to the STEMworks Proposal Process


STEMworks is Colorado’s source for high-quality STEM education programs. It’s a powerful resource for educators, students, and STEM supporters — spotlighting highly successful STEM programs around the state and driving funders to invest in programs that offer quality student experiences. 

The Colorado Education Initiative (CEI), the Gay and Lesbian Fund for Colorado, Orica, and United Launch Alliance are committing $100,000 to support programs that applied in the initial 2015 round.

In 2016, 2 new programs were added and 2 programs improved their rating from ‘promising’ to ‘accomplished’. Read more about the announcement here

Each program in the STEMworks database has 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 maximize their investment in STEM education.


  • The Colorado Education Initiative is an independent nonprofit working in partnership with the Colorado Department of Education, educators, schools, districts, and other public education stakeholders to unlock the unique potential of every student by incubating innovation, shining a spotlight on success, and investing in sustainable change that improves outcomes for all students.
  • Colorado Technology Association leads the network of companies and professionals fueling Colorado’s economy through technology.
  • Change the Equation works at the intersection of business and education to ensure that all students are STEM literate by collaborating with schools, communities, and states to adopt and implement excellent STEM policies and programs.
  • STEMworks is your go-to resource for finding and investing in the nation’s leading STEM education programs.