Philadelphia STEM Ecosystem


The Philadelphia STEM Ecosystem is one of ninety four national and international STEM Ecosystems, supported by the STEM Funders Network and based on a collective impact model.  It encompasses the rich environment of STEM programming, education, and opportunities throughout Philadelphia.

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By increasing collaboration, identifying    gaps in resources and enhancing the   quality of STEM education, the Philadelphia STEM Ecosystem promotes just and equitable access to STEM opportunities for all children and youth.


All young people in Philadelphia have equal access to quality STEM education,

STEM employment, and STEM career opportunities.

The Ecosystem is comprised of over 600 members, four workgroups, a Steering Committee, and the Philadelphia STEM Equity Collective; all possible by the support of its backbone organization:  the Philadelphia Education Fund.

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The Philadelphia Education Fund, our backbone organization, facilitates communication and connections among Ecosystem members, and ensures the continuance of the local Ecosystem movement.

Founded in 1985, PEF drives exceptional student outcomes by developing great teachers and building paths to college and career success.   

Visit the PEF website HERE

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Workgroups 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.  All Workgroups align their work with one or more of the parts of the Ecosystem mission.

Our current workgroups are:

Learn more about our workgroups HERE

diverse members

Ecosystem Members are stakeholders actively engaged in local STEM education efforts. They are part of a diverse and dynamic spectrum of individuals and organizations who are engaged in the Philadelphia STEM Ecosystem’s goal of promoting just and equitable access to STEM opportunities for children and youth in the Philadelphia.

To join the
Philadelphia STEM Ecosystem 
click on "join us" button below. 

dedicated    Steering committee

A group representing varied sectors of Philadelphia that cultivate and direct synergy between the Ecosystem goals, objectives, activities, and workgroups.  They are:

The Philadelphia sTEM Equity Collective

In 2020, the Philadelphia Education Fund (PEF) was selected to launch a major initiative within the Philadelphia STEM Ecosystem; a partnership between Glaxo Smith-Kline (GSK) and PEF - The Philadelphia STEM 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. 


Learn more about the Collective HERE.

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pennsylvania statewide
stem ecosystem

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. 

Learn more HERE.