STEMworks: Ready to Scale

CTEq invited all programs in its STEMworks database of effective STEM programs to submit evidence of their ability to promptly scale nationally. Nineteen programs responded to the invitation. The nonprofit education research and evaluation firm WestEd first evaluated the programs recognized in the scaling initiative against CTEq’s rigorous Design Principles for Effective STEM Philanthropy and then against additional criteria for their readiness to scale. 

Four programs were selected as being Ready to Scale nationwide:

  • Girlstart Summer Camp, a week-long STEM experience for girls in the 3rd through 10th grades that increases girls' mastery in STEM subjects by introducing them to fun, real-world STEM activities. Girls who participate become much more interested in STEM and confident in their own ability to pursue STEM.
  • Project Lead The Way, which offers hands-on, project-based STEM programs for elementary, middle, and high schools. PLTW has been proven to boost student academic growth in the STEM disciplines as well as critical thinking and problem-solving skills.
  • ST Math, a program that uses instructional software to teach math concepts visually through computer games, while developing critical problem-solving and reasoning skills essential for tomorrow’s workforce. Developed by university neuroscientists, ST Math has been shown to double students’ growth rate in math scores.
  • Ten80 Student Racing Challenge, a project-based learning program that challenges middle and high school students in and out of schools to optimize the performance of 1:10 scale radio controlled cars. Students mirror professional motorsports teams, specializing in projects from creative engineering and green transportation to business and graphic design. Ten80 has been shown to boost student test scores and spark their interest in math and science.

Explore all the programs in the STEMworks database.