Oct 29

2020 Challenge Grant Awards and Our New Look

Members win new funding to create, share best practices plus our new website

We’re proud to announce $30,000 in funding for new programs to expand high-quality STEM education. Through the 2020 STEMx Challenge Grants, leading organizations in three states will invest in new, promising practices. Then, they’ll share plans, resources, and lessons learned with our complete national network of 24 organizations in 19 states. Click here to read some of the lessons from last year’s STEMx Challenge Grants .

Brief summaries of all three grantees and their plans are included below.

You’ll also notice we’ve revamped our website. In addition to refreshed look and feel, be sure to check out the first three weeks of content published to our new STEAM Resource Hub . This hub will release a total of six weeks of high quality STEAM lessons with detailed instructions for teachers or parents. Be sure to sign up for our announcements as new weeks of educational supports are released. 

2020 STEMx Challenge Grant Awardees


Idaho STEM Action Center will collaborate with Idaho STEM lending library network to expand the regional STEM lending libraries throughout the state. These lending libraries will house critical hands-on learning resources like such as Ozobots, 3D printers, and drones. The STEMx funding leverages previous grants by other organizations that expanded library inventory and created standards-aligned, instructional videos/curriculum for Idaho educators. Under the STEMx Challenge Grant, the Idaho STEM Action Center will launch a new online cataloging system and awareness campaign. These efforts will dramatically expand access to high-quality STEM experiences for local learners.


Under a previous award, the Indiana STEM Ecosystem developed a series digital tools to advance STEM learning. These include a statewide digital asset mapping tool and an Indiana STEM needs assessment.

This year, the organization will refine and test these tools and provide five virtual convenings/training sessions. In total, these efforts will grow the capacity and effectiveness of Indiana STEM educators, laying the groundwork for student success. 

North Carolina

With support from the  North Carolina Science, Mathematics, and Technology Education Center , the regional  STEM East Network  will launch a museums@home program. Students in the program will connect with regional museums having specific areas of expertise such as the  Aurora Fossil Museum  and  Sylvan Heights Bird Park . Each museums@home implementation includes: 1) a pre-activity live museum/classroom chat, 2) a student-managed STEM classroom activity, 3) a post-activity museum/classroom follow-up and 4) a virtual Family STEM Night session to celebrate and share the student activities.