STEM Mentor Pilot

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Concept: The STEM Mentor Pilot

The Colorado Education Initiative (CEI) will partner with Boeing, Lockheed Martin, and the University of Northern Colorado (UNC), and 3-5 schools to pilot a project-based learning (PBL) Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) class to create the STEM Mentor Pilot. CEI will pair STEM company professionals with middle school students across 3-5 schools to solve real-world industry designed challenges. This will reach 75-125 students and engage 10+ Lockheed Martin and Boeing employees. This pilot will formally document the implementation process to inform future partnerships and program scalability. The project will span May 2016-June 2017.


Colorado STEM, University of Northern Colorado, Boeing, and Lockheed Martin are partnering to execute this STEM Mentor pilot. Boeing and Lockheed Martin will help educators develop real world research questions for students. These employees will also serve as industry experts and mentors to students as they design, iterate, and execute their STEM projects. Finally, they will view student end-of-year presentations and provide feedback upon completion of their projects.

The University of Northern Colorado will serve as the external evaluator and will formally document the implementation process for scalability of the STEM Mentor model.

Eligibility Guidelines

Applications must adhere to the following guidelines for eligibility:

  • Projects must be executed in a Colorado middle school
  • Educator must have experience with Project Based Learning (PBL)
  • Schools must provide STEM-ready learning environments for students (opportunities, materials, space to collaborate)
  • Projects should target students who may not identify as being “good” at STEM and are underrepresented in STEM (female, low income, and black and Hispanic students) and explicitly identify strategies to engage these populations
  • Projects must occur during the school day and be embedded in a credit-bearing class (elective or science)
  • Projects must align student outcomes with state requirements such as iCAP
  • Educators and students must agree to participate in collection of data (e.g., focus groups, surveys, etc.)
  • Projects will result in teams of students developing and presenting different solutions, including a focus on project viability including business development and technical components
  • Applications must demonstrate principal, counselor, and other partner buy-in (letters of support)


Applications were due 5 p.m. MST on August 12, 2016. Review the STEM Mentorship Pilot Draft RFA in advance of applying. Contact with any questions. Applicants that meet eligibility requirements will be contacted for further information before final pilot sites are chosen. 

The application is closed. Stay tuned for for more information.