STEM Ecosystem

The Philadelphia STEM Ecosystem has four components:

  1.  Backbone organization: Philadelphia Education Fund  facilitates communication and connections among Ecosystem members, and ensures the continuance of the local Ecosystem movement.

  2. Steering Committee:  Is a small group representing varied sectors of Philadelphia that cultivate and direct synergy between the Ecosystem goals, objectives, activities, and work-groups.  They are:

  3. Work-groups: These are formed around a topic of interest by the members. The group sets a goal and develops a plan of action to be accomplished within a certain amount of time, or can be long-standing. 

  4. Members: are a collective of stakeholders actively engaged in the the Philadelphia STEM Ecosystem.

In January 2020, a new initiative was established between GSK and the Philadelphia STEM Ecosystem: the 
Philadelphia STEM Equity Collective (the Equity Collective).  Its goal is to cultivate STEM equity, access, and inclusion in STEM career pathways for Philadelphia students who are traditionally underrepresented in STEM occupations.

The Philadelphia STEM Ecosystem is also a participant in the recently formed Pennsylvania Statewide STEM Ecosystem (PSSE). PSSE is a collaborative of formal and informal STEM Ecosystems across Pennsylvania. Its goal is to support all Pennsylvanians' access to quality STEM education and career pathways, so that they may to become tomorrow’s leaders, influencers, and problem-solvers. The PSSE supports the PA STEM Coalition by coordinating meetings, events, collaboration opportunities; and communicating about STEM Coalition activities, emails, and updates. These events are an excellent opportunity to learn about STEM updates throughout the Commonwealth, as well as to network with colleagues. To join the Coalition, please go to HERE.


Ecosystem Members are stakeholders actively engaged in local STEM education efforts. They are part of a diverse and dynamic spectrum of individuals and organizations: schools and school districts, intermediaries and community-based groups, museums and environmental centers, colleges and universities, government agencies, and businesses and corporations. 

There are no fees or obligations to become a STEM Ecosystem member, Members can simply be recipients of emails and announcements, or they can participate in Workgroups, in meetings, and in online discussions.

To join, click on the "join us" button below:


Betsy Payne


Philadelphia STEM Ecosystem

215-665-1400, ext. 3333

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