The Donald McKinney Center for STEM Education


Donald McKinney was a beloved chemistry teacher who launched and administered the Ed Fund’s Math and Science Coalition from 2009 to 2016. When Don passed away in January of 2016, he left behind a legacy of quality science education and hundreds of devoted students and colleagues. In recognition of his commitment to and passion for STEM Education, the Philadelphia Education Fund has rebranded and reorganized its STEM Initiatives as the Donald McKinney Center for STEM Education.  

The McKinney Center will continue to provide and expand upon several core activities. These include providing STEM professional development and resources to classroom teachers and informal educators; administering the Philadelphia STEM Ecosystem, which convenes diverse STEM education stakeholders; and coordinating Explore STEM Philly, through which STEM professionals connect with and inspire K-12 students.


All Philadelphia students will graduate from high school with strong STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) knowledge and skills, enabling them to succeed in a 21st century workforce and society.


  • Increase access to and engagement in quality STEM opportunities for all Philadelphia K-12 students.
  • Increase access to and engagement in quality STEM learning opportunities for all Philadelphia educators.


The Philadelphia Education Fund is grateful to the following past and present funders: Arkema, AstraZeneca, the Barra Foundation, the Boeing Company, the Dow Chemical Company, Endo International, FMC Corporation, Ford Motor Company, GlaxoSmithKline, the Greater Philadelphia STEM Compact, IEEE Foundation, Lockheed Martin, the National Science Foundation, PECO, Quaker Chemical Corporation, SAP America, Inc., Shire Pharmaceuticals, STEM Funders Network, and TE Connectivity. 

additional information

  • Learn more about McKinney Center Volunteer Opportunities HERE.
  • Sign up for STEM announcements and our Newsletter HERE.
  • View our latest Got STEM? newsletters. Click HERE for our February Newsletter. 
  • View the latest McKinney Center updates HERE.
  • View the STEM Ecosystem website HERE.
  • For additional information, please contact:

Nancy Peter, Ed.D. 
Director, McKinney Center for STEM Education
215-665-1400, extension 3342