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.Empowering Next Generation of Innovators and Entrepreneurs (ENGINE) of Central PA, a project with the Foundation for Enhancing Communities (TFEC), 501(c)3, fiscal agent, led by Penn State University, and an executive leadership including Discovery Space of Central Pennsylvania, and the following intermediate units: Central IU 10, Tuscarora IU 11, Lancaster-Lebanon IU 13, Capital Area IU 15, and Schuylkill County IU 29. ENGINE of Central PA connects students, educators, families, and workforce partners; cultivates local, statewide, national and international partnerships; elevates STEM opportunities and resources; and creates a community of learners to be innovative problem-solvers and STEM leaders.
ENGINE of Central PA impacts 179,919 students and 11,000+ educators from central & south-central Pennsylvania from the following counties: Centre, Clearfield, Clinton, Cumberland, Dauphin, Fulton, Huntingdon, Juniata, Lebanon, Mifflin, Perry, and Schuylkill. The network has grown to 100+ partners/organizations publicly shared on the website and 400+ subscribers to our listserv. 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.