Initiate & Plan

Start with what you are passionate about and what you’re good at

This is the step where anything is possible. Dream big. Follow your passions. Ask questions. What do you want to explore?

Start by asking yourself these questions:

  • What are you passionate about?
  • What are you good at?
  • What question are you trying to answer, or what problem are you trying to solve?
  • Who could benefit from your idea?
  • How can it make the world a better place?
  • What kinds of research do you need to do to answer some of your questions?
  • How will you identify relevant and trustworthy sources of information?
  • Who could support me in this project as a mentor?
  • Check out the Challenge topics for inspiration

Download the My STEM Idea Brainstorm resource to guide you through the idea process!


Different types of projects:

  • Discovery – these projects ask a question and involve research and/or experiments to find an answer
  • Innovation – these projects create, design, or build something new to solve a problem


When you’ve got an idea and you’re ready to work on your project, access your project workspace by Creating an Account.