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The mission of the Nevada STEM Advisory Council is to increase student interest and achievement in the fields of science, engineering, technology, and mathematics, leading students to fulfilling careers in the New Nevada economy.  As Nevada's economy modernizes and diversifies, the State will need more workers with the necessary STEM skills to fill in-demand positions in industries such as advanced manufacturing, logistics, healthcare, information technology, aerospace and defense, and agriculture.   
The STEM Advisory Council is charged with identifying and awarding recognition to not more than 15 schools in this State, annually, that demonstrate exemplary performance in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics.  Designated STEM Schools will be recognized by the Governor at an annual STEM School recognition event held in Carson City. 


Designation as a Governor's STEM School denotes that your school meets the highest standards of STEM instruction and is a model for schools around the state.
Designations may be used in school marketing/promotions.
Access to a growing network of Nevada STEM schools for collaboration and networking opportunities. 



Advanced Technologies Academy - Las Vegas
Cashman Middle School - Las Vegas
Doris French Elementary School - Las Vegas
Ed W. Clark High School - Las Vegas
Hyde Park Middle School - Las Vegas
Kate Smith Elementary School - Sparks
McCaw STEAM Academy - Henderson
Walter Bracken STEAM Academy - Las Vegas
White Pine High School - Ely

Dorothy Lemelson STEM Academy - Reno
Lied STEM Academy - Las Vegas
Roger Gehring Academy of Science and Technology - Las Vegas
Southwest Career & Technical Academy - Las Vegas

Carlin Combined School - Carlin
Carson Montessori Charter School - Carson City
Coral Academy of Science - Henderson
Frank Lamping Elementary School - Henderson
Goynes Elementary School - North Las Vegas
Jim Bridger Middle School - North Las Vegas
Joseph Neal STEAM Academy - Las Vegas
Leavitt Middle School - Las Vegas
Oasis Academy - Fallon
Pinecrest Academy of Nevada, Cadence - Henderson
Pinecrest Academy of Nevada, Inspirada- Henderson
Pinecrest Academy of Nevada, St. Rose- Las Vegas
Riverview Elementary School - Dayton
Smithridge STEM Academy Elementary School - Reno


Within the Governor’s STEM School Designation application, you’ll find: an Action Guide, the Nevada STEM Framework, and the application questions.

The Action Guide provides a roadmap with guidelines, criteria, and timelines for Nevada schools to become a Governor Designated STEM School. This Guide will also assist in understanding the designation process and what types of activities, pedagogy, daily structure, and supports will be evaluated during the review. You can use this Guide as a self-assessment, as a tool to expand STEM education at your school, or as a blueprint as you prepare to apply for the Governor’s STEM School Designation.

The Nevada STEM Framework section describes attributes of a Nevada STEM school. Each attribute contains sub-attributes and descriptors for how the attribute presents across the continuum of schools: exploratory, developing, established, and model. The framework was developed by the Nevada STEM Advisory Council to meet Nevada’s STEM needs and encompass research-based elements of high-quality, successful STEM schools.

Finally, the application section describes how to apply for the designation, and contains the application questions. The application questions align to the Framework attributes. Please follow the instructions carefully, and submit any questions to: Debbie Petrelli: or Brian Mitchell:

Applications are due January 17th, 2020 at 5:00pm.


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