Fund Type: Project
Regional Foundation: Greater Harrisburg Foundation
the purpose of the project shall be to educate the community about STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) by cross-sector partnerships in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
ENGINE of Central PA is one of the few university-led ecosystems to bring meaningful STEM research and innovations to K-12 education.Led by Penn State University, the ENGINE executive team includes Penn State Center for Science and the Schools and Penn State Outreach along with members from Intermediate Units, business/industry, and science centers/museums. Through collaborations between regional partners and organizations, our network supports a community of lifelong learners and promotes equitable access to meaningful transdisciplinary experiences. We strive to empower youth living and working in our region to be innovative problem-solvers, ready to succeed in careers of tomorrow.
ENGINE of Central PA impacts 179,919 students and over 11,000 educators across Pennsylvania. The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, along with 15 federal funding agencies, depicts STEM Ecosystems as a strategic pathway towards success in achieving the goals for American STEM Education in The Progress Report of the Implementation of the Federal STEM Education Strategic Plan. The main goals for American STEM Education include 1) building strong foundations for STEM literacy; 2) increase diversity, equity, and inclusion in STEM; and 3) prepare the STEM workforce for the future.