STEM Career Pathways


PEF inspires students’ interest in STEM education by exposing them to diverse and compelling careers. And we support teachers interested in deepening the connection between the content they teach and their students’ understanding of STEM careers. 

350 educators

participate in professional development each year

300 students

exposed to career presentations by volunteer STEM professionals

3 federal grants

to develop curriculum on biodiversity, clean energy, and women in engineering

Explore STEM Philly: STEM Professionals in the Classroom

We facilitate STEM professionals’ classroom visits to discuss their career paths and relate their work to what students are learning. Our volunteer speakers are trained and aided in the design of their presentations. We also partner with organizations to host field trips so that students can explore and experience actual STEM work environments. These excursions inspire young people to see the rewards of pursuing a future in STEM.


Explore STEM Philly – 2024 Presenter Registration 

Explore STEM Philly – 2024 Teacher Registration

Male volunteer leads students in a STEM activity
Male workshop presenter pointing and smiling

The Philadelphia Afterschool STEM Exploration (PASE)​ Program

The Philadelphia Afterschool STEM Exploration (PASE) program trains and schedules STEM professionals, who then provide career presentations to middle and high school afterschool sites.

  • If you are a STEM professional willing to provide career presentations to students enrolled in afterschool programs, register HERE.
  • If you are an afterschool educator looking for a STEM professional to visit your middle or high school afterschool program, register HERE.


Get involved

Contact: Barbara A. Cousar, STEM Workforce Development Manager, McKinney Center For STEM Education,

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