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Meet the finalists.


US2020 is igniting moments of discovery for students through a network of local coalitions that provide hands-on STEM education and maker-centered learning.

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Key moments to look out for

See where we are and where we’re going.

  • Challenge Launches

    October 10, 2017

    A call to action invited STEM initiatives across the country to take collective action on STEM mentoring and maker-centered learning.

  • First Round Closes

    November 17, 2017

    First round applications were submitted to US2020 for evaluation.

  • Finalists Announced

    January 16, 2018

    Coalitions from across the country will be named finalists for the Challenge.

  • Second Round Closes

    January 26, 2018

    Second round applications are submitted to US2020 for evaluation.

  • STEM Collaboratory

    January 31 - February 1, 2018

    Finalists will come together for two days to share, learn, and inspire one another to build local movements and bridge the opportunity gap.

  • Winners Announced

    Spring 2018

    A new cohort of coalitions will join the US2020 Learning Network, win prizes, and receive further US2020 support to promote STEM mentoring and maker-centered learning.

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Win big for your community

Six winning coalitions will receive funds to develop their work and further their impact.


$50,000 for three grand prize winners


Placement of two full-time staff members to help implement the initiative


Exclusive membership to the US2020 Learning Network


Access to experts, coaching, events, and additional support

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What we're looking for

We’re excited to strengthen current STEM coalitions and spur new ones that bring learning opportunities to students—specifically girls, students from low-income families, and underrepresented students of color. Coalitions should include four pillars within their strategies.



Coalitions should have bold ambitions to grow quality Stem mentorship experiences—especially for girls, students from low-income families, and underrepresented students of color. 


Creative Engagement

Developing a workforce that’s equipped to tackle tomorrow’s challenges requires a new type of hands-on learning that emphasizes experimentation and new ways of thinking and doing.


Effective Partnerships

While context, resources, and organizations differ from place to place, the will to collaborate does not. Each coalition’s vision can be achieved by mobilizing local ambition, knowledge, and networks to reach students.



All collaborations require financial resources to sustain momentum. Having a sound financial plan ensures students are reached and continue to be served in the future.


The US2020 STEM Coalition Challenge is made possible by the support of Arconic Foundation and US2020's national partners.


Get in touch

Reach out to our team if you still have questions, or want to find out how to get involved.