Welcome to the STEMworks! Change the Equation (CTEq) is proud to host this database of programs that deepen young people's learning in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). The database aims to be a critical resource for funders, program developers and STEM advocates alike. Funders can find programs that maximize the return on their investment. Those who develop STEM learning programs can benchmark their work against successful exemplars. Advocates can point to excellent programs as they make the case for quality.
The programs in this 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.
In October 2013, CTEq identified four STEMworks programs that are ready to scale widely to new sites across the country. WestEd reviewed the nineteen STEMworks programs that applied for this distinction against a demanding scalability framework based on the work of the Social Impact Exchange.
STEMworks is itself a work in progress. The programs in this database are by no means the only excellent STEM learning programs in the country. Rather, they are the first in what is a growing list of effective programs. We will continuously improve the content and function of this resource as we review new programs.
CTEq will periodically send out an open invitation encouraging any program interested in being included in the STEMworks database to apply. Programs interested in submitting an application for the STEMworks Database should click here.