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STEMcityPHL is a campaign to build public will for excellent STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) education and opportunities, ensuring that all Philadelphians can participate in the economy of today and tomorrow. Launched by the Mayor’s Office of Education (now housed in The Commerce Department’s Talent Development Unit) in partnership with the Philadelphia Education Fund, other local nonprofits and local businesses including Saint Gobain, GlaxoSmithKline and IBM.
As part of the US2020 initiative, Philadelphia was chosen along with seven other cities across the country, to change the trajectory of STEM education in the Philadelphia region by pairing STEM professionals with youth in Philadelphia schools. We specifically focuse on programming that supports underserved and underrepresented students. US2020 originally launched at the 2013 White House Science Fair and is now building a working community of committed companies, organizations, schools, government agencies, and cities. This community is leading the way in building a quality-driven STEM Mentoring Movement.
- Create a citywide brand for STEM efforts
- Provide a single-access point for STEM interest to foundations, expanding non-profits, businesses, and schools
- Create synergy and align resources among programs and efforts
- Ensure quality STEM programming is available across the K-12 continuum and throughout all neighborhoods of Philadelphia
- Catalyze a movement that will increase STEM fluency among Philadelphia’s youth
How to get Involved
Professionals, educations and business can get involved by going to www.stemcityphl.org to view current mentoring opportunities in the region as well as view STEM based programs in the city through our asset map. STEM related program representatives are also able to enter information about their program to have it displayed on a comprehensive map of Philadelphia.
STEM professionals can also join STEMcityPHL at their STEM Regional Networking Event on Thursday, October 6th, at 8AM. Space is limited, register now!