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Looking for STEM museums, centers, programs and activities? This comprehensive list includes high-quality local, regional and national STEM programs and resources.

Philadelphia Links

 

Academy of Natural Sciences

Founded in 1812, the Academy of Natural Sciences is America’s oldest natural history museum and is a world leader in biodiversity and environmental research. For nearly 200 years, the Academy has carried out its mission to encourage and cultivate the sciences, exploring the remarkable diversity of our natural world and sharing these discoveries with the public through innovative exhibits, publications and educational programming. 

Activities for Community Education in Science (ACES)

Activities for Community Education in Science (ACES) is focused on designing experiments to show local kids that science can be fun.

American Association of Blacks in Energy (AABE)

The Philadelphia Chapter is a group of professionals who encourages youth to succeed in STEM and energy related studies and careers. 

Association of Women in Forensic Science (AWIFS)

Association of Women in Forensic Science (AWIFS) provides networking opportunities and programs for female forensic professionals, teenagers, and college students through mentoring and outreach programming.

Bartram’s Garden

The non-profit John Bartram Association operates the Garden in cooperation with the Fairmount Park Commission. Thousands use it yearly for tours, educational programs, special events, recreation and as a community cultural center.

CASTLE

CASTLE or the Center for the Advancement of STEM Teaching and Learning Excellence is based out of Drexel University and seeks to affect institutional change in STEM teaching and learning. CASTLE is a community driven organization that believes in the importance of diversity and inclusion that values high-quality research related to peer-to-peer and vertical mentoring, technology mediated learning, and experiential learning experiences.  

Character Lab

Character Lab is a Philadelphia-based, non-profit organization that aims to advance the science and practice of character development so that all kids can reach their fullest potential.

ChickTech Philadelphia

ChickTech Philadelphia is the Philadelphia chapter of a national nonprofit that brings free hands on technology education to High School Girls. Chick Tech is dedicated to retaining women in the technology workforce and increasing the number of women and girls pursuing technology based careers. 

Click 2 Science

Click 2 Science is an interactive, professional development site for trainers, coaches, site directors and frontline staff/volunteers working in out-of-school time STEM programs, serving children and youth.

Cobbs Creek Community Environmental Education Center, Inc

CCCEEC’s mission is to operate a premier urban environmental education center in Southwest and West Philadelphia that embraces and educates people of diverse backgrounds to understand and appreciate the important role the environment plays in our lives.

Coded by: Kids

Coded by: Kids is committed to providing free tech education, tech industry exposure and career mentorship to children who lack access to these opportunities. Our programs are designed to help our students achieve success by providing them with a combination of real world tech skills and access to a support system of mentors with experience in the tech industry. Free weekly recreation center classes occur at the Marian Anderson Recreation Center for children and teenagers between the ages of 5 and 18.

Curiosity Machine

Curiosity Machine is a community of scientists, engineers and children creating together. Through this online learning platform children are inspired and equipped to create their own inventions with the support of trained and qualified mentors.

DiscoverE

DiscoverE – Discover Engineering has a variety of programs to inspire youth of all ages to explore engineering

The Franklin Institute

In the spirit of inquiry and discovery embodied by Benjamin Franklin, the mission of The Franklin Institute is to inspire a passion for learning about science and technology.

FirstHand Philly

FirstHand Philly is a resource for Philadelphia youth from resourced schools and teachers, professionals and families from their communities. FirstHand aims to spark an interest in the STEAM disciplines for students to explore and cultivate throughout their lives. At FirstHand, an educational initiatives at the University City Science Center, classroom lessons are brought to life through engaging projects and real-life lab environments.

George Washington Carver Science Fair

The George Washington Carver Science Fair encourages urban youth to pursue academic achievement and careers in science. The Carver Fair is jointly sponsored by Temple University, The Academy of Natural Sciences, The School District of Philadelphia, and The Archdiocese of Philadelphia. It is open to all students in grades four through twelve who attend Philadelphia County public, charter, parochial, and private schools, as well as to home schooled students residing in the county.

Gifted Geek - Astronomy for Kids

Gifted Geek-Astronomy for Kids is a free introductory guide of informative content that will help kids understand and appreciate astronomy. This guide will explain the main areas of astronomy, including the definitions of all the things you are likely to come across, as well as what kind of equipment you will need when starting out.

iPraxis

iPraxis creates and fosters opportunities that engage underrepresented communities in science and technology through education and entrepreneurship.

John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge at Tinicum

John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge at Tinicum
Since its establishment in 1972, the refuge has worked with area educators to provide educational opportunities for their students. Our programs focus on providing teachers with the information, skills, and resources to incorporate the environment into their curriculum and to utilize the refuge as an outdoor classroom.

LEAP into Science

LEAP into Science, sponsored by the partnership between the Franklin Institute and the Free Library of Philadelphia, is a program designed to engage children and families in science and literacy by integrating hands-on science activities with children’s literature. 

The Math Forum@Drexel

The Math Forum@Drexel is a leading online resource for improving math learning, teaching, and communication. They offer a wealth of problems and puzzles; online mentoring; research; team problem solving; collaborations; and professional development.

Math Science Upward Bound

Math Science Upward Bound aims to prepare Philadelphia Public and Charter High School students for admission to institutions for higher learning and success in the collegiate environment through intense academic enrichment, a summer college immersion experience, enhanced cognitive and critical thinking, and extensive interpersonal development through positive social interactions. The programs will enable students to set attainable goals and build self awareness, respect for diversity and healthy relationships with peers, staff, and professionals from industry and the community. This program is open to ninth and tenth graders and is hosted by Temple University.

Mathematics, Engineering, and Science Achievement (MESA) Pennsylvania

Mathematics, Engineering, and Science Achievement (MESA) Pennsylvania aims to engage students who are underrepresented in STEM fields, and motivate them to persist in these lucrative, high demand careers. We have two strategic approaches: Provide engineering education through the MESA initiative, including resources, training, mentors and technical assistance to help create engineering and technology clubs after-school. Create pilot programs, test for relevance and effectiveness, offer specialized Saturday Academies and Summer camps, and ACT 48 Teacher Professional Development.

NextFab

NextFab is a network of membership-based makerspaces that provide access to tools, technology, education, events, and services for makers of any skill level. It regularly has open to the public workshops that can be attended, for a small fee, by children as young as ten who are accompanied by their parent or guardian. They offer junior membership options that allow minors to take classes.

Partnerships for Achieving Careers in Technology and Science (PACTS)

PACTS was designed to involve students as an integral part of The Franklin Institute. It combines science enrichment, career development, mentoring, and leadership opportunities for a diverse group of rising 6th graders and rising 8th graders.

PennApps

PennApps is a biannual hackathon involving teams of up to four college students who spend the weekend at the University of Pennsylvania working on innovative software and hardware solutions to real-world problems. Travel, meals, and housing are paid for, if application is accepted. 

Philadelphia Academies Inc

The Philadelphia Academies Inc. mission is to design and implement industry informed, career connected learning strategies and school supports that position young people fo rsucces in post-secondary education and the workforce.

Philly Naval STEM

The goal of each Philly Naval STEM competition is to increase student interest in robotics, science, mathematics, engineering and technology and to introduce students to naval engineering. 

People’s Emergency Center: Digital Inclusion and Technology Program

People’s Emergency Center: Digital Inclusion and Technology Program offers free access to computers for general use and training throughout the year to students of all ages to develop the technology skills necessary for success in 21st century careers and education.

Philadelphia Higher Education Network for Neighborhood Development

PHENND is a consortium of over 30 colleges and universities in the greater Philadelphia area that works to develop mutually beneficial, sustained, and democratic community-based service-learning partnerships. It activitely seeks to revitalize local communities and schools and foster civic responsibility among the region’s colleges and universities.

Philadelphia Regional Noyce Partnership

Philadelphia Regional Noyce Partnership aims to build lasting synergies among the Noyce programs in the greater Philadelphia region that will strengthen all aspects of the STEM teacher pipeline:  recruitment, pre-service preparation, induction, and ongoing development and growth throughout a teacher’s career, in ways that no individual institution would be able to achieve alone.

The Philadelphia Science Festival

The Philadelphia Science Festival is a ten-day, community-wide celebration of science that takes place annually in April, featuring lectures, debates, hands-on activities, special exhibitions and a variety of other informal science education experiences for Philadelphians of all ages. 

The Philadelphia Zoo

The Philadelphia Zoo’s 42-acre Victorian garden is home to more than 1,300 animals, many of them rare and endangered. The Zoo, fulfilling its mission of conservation, science, education and recreation, supports and engages in conservation efforts to protect endangered species around the world. Cheetahs, hippos, giraffes and much more make the Zoo Philadelphia’s leading family attraction with over 1.2 million visitors last year. Like many other Philadelphia landmarks and institutions, the Philadelphia Zoo is an American first.

Philly CoderDojo

Philly CoderDojo is an open source, volunteer led free computer programming club for young people to learn how to code, develop websites, apps, programs, games and more.

Physics Wonder Girls

Physics Wonder Girls is a free physics summer day camp for middle school girls in the Philly-South Jersey area. It is currently based on the campus of the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia. On its 8th year, the physics camp aims to sustain interest of middle school girls in science through project-building, hands-on physics demonstrations, research lab tours, industrial plant trips, physics-based games, and career talks by women STEM models.

Science History Institute

Science History Institute is a free museum (previously the Chemical Heritage Museum), located in the heart of Philadelphia. We preserve, study, and interpret the history of chemistry, chemical engineering, and the life sciences.

StartupPHL

StartupPHL is a collaborative effort between the City of Philadelphia’s Department of Commerce and PIDC. StartupPHL aims to support entrepreneurs in the City who bring energy, ideas and vitality to Philadelphia as well as further enable the existing entrepreneurial talent that resides in the City’s different neighborhoods to flourish.

Steppingstone Scholars, Inc

Steppingstone Scholars, Inc is a not-for-profit educational organization that identifies fourth-graders from Philadelphia public schools and prepares them to enter and succeed in the area’s top college-preparatory schools.

TechGirlz

TechGirlz is a nonprofit organization dedicated to reducing the gender gap in technology occupations, by focusing on girls at the crucial middle school age. They offer free workshops to get girls interested in different kinds of technology, show them varied career options, and connect them with professionals in technology fields.

Tech Impact. Tech Impact

Tech Impact. Tech Impact (formerly NPower PA) provides hands-on technology support to nonprofits via implementation and support of an organization’s entire technology infrastructure, either in the cloud or on-premise. They are the nonprofit behind npCloud.org and ITWorks, which is a 16 week training program to help young urban adults (18-24) move into an IT career.

Pennsylvania Links

 

Arcadia University School of Education

The university combines theory with practical experience to foster knowledge and improve the quality of lives in local and global communities. It also offers STEM workshops for preK-8 teachers.

ASSET STEM Education

ASSET STEM Education, a national Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) education improvement nonprofit located in Pittsburgh, fosters STEM fluency and college/career readiness by providing educators of students pre-K through career with highly effective professional development, hands-on educational materials and consulting services.