Whatever we accomplish belongs to our entire group…..a tribute to our combined effort.
- Walt Disney
Our story is just the beginning...
In the fall of 2018, ENGINE held a collaborative brainstorming event to address the needs and desires for establishing a STEM Ecosystem in Central Pennsylvania. After hearing from 70+ individuals representing various organizations across a 12-county region about the existing assets and areas for improving STEM education and career readiness, we present the collective vision:
ENGINE of Central PA, Empowering Next Generation of Innovators and Entrepreneurs, is a collaborative network elevating and cultivating cross-sector partnerships. Our network builds a community of lifelong learners that promotes equitable access to meaningful, transdisciplinary experiences. We strive to empower youth living and working in our region to be innovative problem-solvers, ready to succeed in careers of tomorrow.
ENGINE of Central PA is comprised of the following counties in Pennsylvania: Centre, Clearfield, Clinton, Cumberland, Dauphin, Fulton, Huntingdon, Juniata, Lebanon, Mifflin, Perry, and Schuylkill.
- In December 2018, ENGINE held a logo contest for any individual in the region to contribute to capture our vision. With over 25 entries, Angie Bu, a student from Hershey High School of Derry Township School District, was selected as the winning entry after 60 organizations voted in the logo contest.
- In March 2018, Regional Town Halls took place at 7 locations in the 12 county region to capture the assets and influences in our ecosystem. The ENGINE Influencers Map will be utilized to address the strengths and gaps needed to fulfill stronger STEM pathways for our youth. The ENGINE Influencers Map will incorporate the 100kin10 Grand Challenges, which addresses the key areas to make change in STEM Education. The main challenges are: elementary STEM, instructional materials, preparation, prestige, professional growth, teacher leadership, value of S,T, and E, and instructional materials. ENGINE will announce future Regional Town Halls in order for community organizations to be mapped.
- In April 2018, ENGINE was inducted into the STEM Learning Ecosystems Community of Practice. ENGINE is proud to be part of a global initiative of innovators who understand that thriving communities are built through collaboration and a willingness to re-imagine education.
We strive to:
Educate the community about the STEM mindset as defined by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
Increase the number and support cross-sector partnerships that develop innovative, relevant, and meaningful projects and activities.
Provide equitable access to STEM experiences for all students.
Elevate ecosystem organizations’ trans-disciplinary opportunities, resources, and events that align with the ENGINE of Central PA vision.
Increase the number of career-ready, well-informed citizens to meet the demands of our future STEM workforce and community needs.