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ENGINE of Central PA, a STEM Learning Ecosystem

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.
To enhance innovation, entrepreneurship, and 21st century skills of critical thinking, creativity, collaboration, and communication in Pennsylvania, ENGINE of Central PA is committed to:
Building a community focused on our future STEM workforce: Convenings, such as our School to Business Speed Dating events, are opportunities to bring together cross-sector partners such as business/industry, libraries, science and art centers/museums, parks, schools, and more will occur to learn, ideate, and implement solutions to enhance experiences to develop the future STEM workforce. The 100Kin10 Grand Challenges in STEM is used to help partners uncover the issues they can address in their work to develop solutions. Help us continue to build community and implement solutions to prepare our future STEM workforce together! Your generous donation can support our School to Business Speed Dating events and other convenings in Central PA.
Providing equitable access to arts, makery, outdoor learning, science, student voice, and technology experiences for all students aligned to career demands in Pennsylvania: Remake Learning Days of Central PA with Remake Learning Days Across America is a festival for youth, families, teachers, and community to remake learning – including opportunities for students to obtain artifacts for their career portfolio through the Career Ready PA Backpack Challenge. Remake Learning Days Across America takes place annually in April and May. Please visit our sponsorship page to support Remake Learning Days in your neighborhood!
Supporting youth leadership and voice to enrich school STEM culture and career awareness: Chief Science Officers Program (CSO) prepares student leaders to facilitate STEM experiences in their schools and build regional partnerships to impact their student body. The International CSOs collaborate and are provided with the opportunity to meet annually with leaders of the National Science and Technology Council of the Executive Office of the President of the United States. Our goal is to support 125 CSOs across the 63 school districts within our ecosystem by 2024. A full year of support for one CSO is $600. Sponsor a CSO today!