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 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.
A strong Backbone organization:
The Philadelphia Education Fund, our backbone organization, facilitates communication and connections among Ecosystem members, and ensures the continuance of the local Ecosystem movement.
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. Our current workgroups are:
Learn more 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 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: schools and school districts, intermediaries and community-based groups, museums and environmental centers, colleges and universities, government agencies, and businesses and corporations.
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.
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 HERE.
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:
Nancy Peter, McKinney Center for STEM Education, Philadelphia Education Fund
Betsy Payne, Philadelphia STEM Ecosystem, Philadelphia Education Fund
Charity Lisko, TKTK Program
Jeffrey Popyack, Drexel University
KD Davenport, School District of Philadelphia
Marilyn Torres, Academy of Natural Sciences
Phillip Brooks, University City Science Center
Salvatore Sandone, Zhang Sah Martial Arts
Victor Donnay, Philadelphia Regional Noyce Partnership
There are no fees or obligations to become a Philadelphia STEM Ecosystem member. Members can simply be recipients of emails and announcements, or they can participate in meetings, and in online discussions or be part of an Ecosystem Workgroup or an Equity Collective Workgroup.