Philadelphia STEM Ecosystem


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 Philadelphia STEM Ecosystem encompasses the rich environment of STEM programming, education, and opportunities throughout the Greater Philadelphia area. Our backbone organization, The Philadelphia Education Fund, facilitates communication and connections among Ecosystem members, and ensures the continuance of the local Ecosystem movement. Our goal is to promote just and equitable access to STEM opportunities for children and youth. Our work is made possible by the collaboration of our steering committee, workgroups and over 700 members who believe that everyone benefits when students succeed in STEM.

dedicated    Steering committee

The Philadelphia STEM Ecosystem Steering Committee is a group representing varied sectors of Philadelphia.  They cultivate and direct synergy between the Ecosystem goals, objectives, activities, and workgroups.  Click the button below to meet our Steering Committee.

robust workgroups

Workgroups are formed by members around a topic of interest. 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.  Workgroups align their work with one or more of the parts of the Ecosystem mission.

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 Ecosystem's goal of promoting just and equitable access to STEM opportunities for children and youth in the Philadelphia.

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.


The Philadelphia sTEM Equity Collective

In 2020, the Philadelphia Education Fund (PEF) was selected by GSK to launch a major initiative within the Philadelphia STEM Ecosystem in  - The Philadelphia STEM Equity Collective.  Its goal is to increase the number of Black, Latinx and female

Philadelphians going into  STEM careers by 2030.

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pennsylvania statewide
stem ecosystem

The Philadelphia STEM Ecosystem is also a participant in the Pennsylvania Statewide STEM Ecosystem (PSSE) - a collaborative of STEM Ecosystems and STEM stakeholders 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. 

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regional industries and stem education (RISE)

In 2022 PEF, GSK, the Philadelphia STEM Ecosystem, and the Philadelphia STEM Equity Collective launched RISE, a peer group for Philadelphia-area industries and businesses engaged in STEM education.

RISE helps STEM industries navigate the Philadelphia STEM landscape,
support meaningful STEM education, and cultivate the next 
generation of STEM professionals.


ecosystem impact evaluation report

To read the 2019 Philadelphia STEM Ecosystem Impact Evaluation Report, go HERE.

Philadelphia STEM Ecosystem's
STEM education Policy mem0 to the Biden administration

philadelphia stem education directory

The Philadelphia STEM Education Directory is a free searchable map of a variety of opportunities in STEM in the Greater Philadelphia Area.  For students and parents/guardians, the directory can help find out-of-school time STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) programs geared to students Pre-K through high school.  For teachers and educators, the directory is a source of available  K-12 STEM professional development opportunities.

stem learning ecosystems

Launched in Denver in 2015 at an international global conference, the STEM Learning Ecosystems is a Global Community of Practice with extensive sharing of resources and expertise among leaders from education, business and industry, non-profits, philanthropy and others.