STEM Professional Networks


We aim to promote and expand access to STEM education, by working in partnership to increase collaboration, reduce duplication of services, and identify and close gaps in STEM education to provide just and equitable access to STEM opportunities for all children and youth.


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The Philadelphia STEM Ecosystem is a network of collaborators that are actively engaged and collaborate in local STEM Education efforts with a vision that all young people in Philadelphia have equal access to quality STEM education, STEM employment, and STEM career opportunities. It encompasses the rich environment of STEM programming, education, and opportunities throughout the Greater Philadelphia area. Our backbone organization, The Philadelphia Education Fund, facilitates communication and connections among Ecosystem members, and ensures the continuance of the local Ecosystem movement.

Philadelphia STEM Equity Collective (PSEC)

The Philadelphia STEM Equity Collective (PSEC) was established in 2020 to cultivate STEM equity, access, and inclusion in STEM career pathways for Philadelphia students who are traditionally underrepresented in STEM occupations. Its mission is to increase the number of Black, Latinx and women Philadelphians going into STEM careers by 2030. This 10-year collaborative effort aims to bring together Philadelphia schools, out-of-school time providers, universities and colleges, businesses, employers, local government and the philanthropic community using a collective impact approach to identify and close gaps confronting individuals from backgrounds underrepresented in STEM.


Black woman with lab coat and gloves working with microscope.
Black woman with lab coat and gloves working with microscope.

Pennsylvania Statewide STEM Ecosystem (PSSE)

In partnership with the Pennsylvania Department of Education, The Pennsylvania Statewide STEM Ecosystem (PSSE) is a collection of Pennsylvania STEM Ecosystems and STEM networks that through purposeful cooperation and collaboration, focuses primarily on creating professional networks and a stable community of practice. Administered by a 14-member Leadership Team that meets regularly and represents Pennsylvania’s diverse regions and perspectives, it is composed of STEM Ecosystem Leads as well as an Advisory Board.


Contact: Betsy Payne, Philadelphia STEM Ecosystem Manager at

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