ENGINE of Central PA Selected to Join Global STEM Learning Ecosystems Community of Practice; Central Pennsylvania Wins Support to Build Connections Among Local Schools, Businesses, Higher Education and many Community Partners

by Scott Kennedy | May 31, 2019


The ENGINE of Central PA, Empowering the Next Generation of Innovators and Entrepreneurs, a project of The Foundation for Enhancing Communities (TFEC), fiscal sponsor, has just been selected to join the STEM Learning Ecosystems Community of Practice, SLECoP. In a highly competitive process, ENGINE of Central PA was named one of 15 new ecosystems selected to join the global movement devoted to dramatic improvement in how students learn.

STEM Learning Ecosystems build meaningful regional connections among educators, business and industry partners, afterschool and summer programs, to prepare students for the opportunities and challenges of the future. Each ecosystem connects to counterparts from across the country and world, enabling the exchange of best practices, information and resource-sharing.

"In Pennsylvania the STEM Ecosystem approach has been a key strategy for aligning resources, connecting organizations, and building supports for all learners across the commonwealth to have access to high quality STEM experiences. We are excited to collaborate with the ENGINE of Central PA STEM Ecosystem to build a strong network for learners to build the skills for the STEM workforce" stated Judd R. Pittman, Special Consultant to the Secretary of Education for STEM.

ENGINE covers a 12-county region including Centre, Clearfield, Clinton, Cumberland, Dauphin, Fulton, Huntingdon, Juniata, Lebanon, Mifflin, Perry, and Schuylkill. Therefore, it was critical to establish an executive leadership team that could represent regional territories as we develop equitable opportunities for preK-12. The executive leadership team of ENGINE of Central PA includes outreach officers Jessica Rice, Director of Education at Whitaker Center for Science and the Arts, and Michele Crowl, Executive Director of Discovery Space; and regional directors Michael Baker, Curriculum Consultant of Central Intermediate Unit 10; Lauren Beal, STEM Supervisor of Lebanon/Lancaster Intermediate Unit 13; Annie Milewski, Director of Curriculum and District Support Specialist of Schuylkill Intermediate Unit 29; Susan Voigt, Educational Services Supervisor of Capital Area Intermediate Unit 15; and Peney Wright, STEM/STEAM Curriculum and Instruction Specialist at Tuscarora Intermediate Unit 11.

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