Believe in Ohio...
Creating a Culture of Innovation

Believe in Ohio is a free, comprehensive, curriculum-based, STEM and entrepreneurship program for Ohio high school students.

The purpose of the Believe in Ohio program is to create a “Culture of Innovation” in Ohio high schools and provide college scholarships to encourage Ohio students to remain in Ohio by focusing on the practical application of STEM and related fields and the development of an entrepreneurial mindset and critical thinking skills.

If you are a teacher that would like to learn more, please visit our Why Participate page to learn more about the program from teachers who have implemented Believe in Ohio at their schools.

Listen to Mike Woytek, Executive Director of The Ohio Academy of Science discuss the Believe in Ohio program, its curriculum, program resources, and the more than $400,000 in student scholarships and awards the program has to offer. Click here to receive more information.

"This is the best program to happen in Ohio, ever."
Andrea Harpen
Blanchester High School, 2019 Region 10 ODE Teacher of the Year

Believe in Ohio is a multi-faceted program to develop student innovators

Local STEM Plan Competitions and Awards

High school students have an opportunity to develop a STEM Commercialization Plan or a STEM Business Plan for entry into a local high school competition.

Regional STEM Plan Competitions and Scholarships

Local high school plans that receive certain high scores from judges will be invited to participate in a regional competition.


Statewide STEM Plan Competitions

The State competition will award hundreds of thousands of dollars in scholarships to Ohio colleges and universities, post-secondary career centers and vocational schools.


Statewide STEM Scholarship Program

All Ohio high school students, who are juniors or seniors during the 2020-2021 school year, and who meet the qualifications, are invited to apply for one of one hundred & thirty-two $1,000 Believe in Ohio STEM Scholarships

STEM Entrepreneurship & Innovation Forums

Attending students participate in an extraordinary program that encourages them to become the innovators and entrepreneurs who will create the new products, services, jobs and prosperity of the future.

Teacher Information

Believe in Ohio provides free curriculum and a comprehensive array of teacher and student program support materials, instruction booklets, and STEM Plan templates.

Independent Students

Are you an independent or home school student, or a student who aspires to be innovator, but whose school or teacher is not current participating in the Believe in Ohio program? You can also participate in the Believe in Ohio program!

Advocate Network

There is also a network of regional STEM Advocates to help teachers implement the program, answer questions, and provide support to participating teachers.