Believe in Ohio is the only statewide Ohio student STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) and entrepreneurial education program to integrate entrepreneurship and innovation as pathways to create future jobs. Believe in Ohio was collaboratively developed by EEO and the Ohio Academy of Science with the support of the Ohio Department of Higher Education and was funded by the 130th Ohio General Assembly. The program helps prepare students to become “competitors” in Ohio's innovation economy and to be part of Ohio's next generation of innovators who will create the new product services and jobs of the future through the application of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.
About the Believe in Ohio Program
Believe in Ohio Program Highlights:
Believe in Ohio includes four key parts: 1) STEM Commercialization and Entrepreneurship Forums, 2) local high school and middle school STEM Commercialization Plan and STEM Business Plan Competitions, 3) a statewide high school student STEM Commercialization Plan and STEM Business Plan Competition, and 4) a comprehensive and extensive portfolio of teacher and student support materials.
Believe in Ohio is based on four key premises:
1. STEM + Development of an Entrepreneurial Mindset = Innovation = Jobs opportunities = Prosperity
2. Ohio is a great place for students to continue their educations and build their careers.
3. Maintaining our prosperity needs an “All hands on deck” strategy that requires men and women from all backgrounds and parts of our state (urban, suburban and rural) to contribute to its future success.
4. Preparing students for the challenges they will face in the future requires high school and middle school students to be exposed to the type of 21st education and skills development that Believe in Ohio provides.