Berks STEM Connection

Berks County, Pennsylvania (including the city of Reading)

About

Berks STEM Connection Ecosystem is focused on providing STEM thinking and learning opportunities for the 70,000+ students in Berks County, Pennsylvania. Through an alliance of business and industry, post-secondary partners, community organizations, and school districts, Berks STEM Connection Ecosystem is able to provide the latest innovations in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and math together with the Pre-K to post-secondary population to ensure a viable, thriving workforce for the future of Berks County. Initiatives include the creation of the Eastern Pennsylvania Innovation Catalyst (EPIC) Network, the result of a 2019 PAsmart Advancing Grant, through which a strong cadre of teacher leadership and extensive STEM resource lending library available to the county’s schools was developed. Through a partnership with the Science Research Institute, students have opportunities to work in state of the art labs and forge connections with STEM businesses and industries around the world. Berks STEM Connection Ecosystem works in conjunction with Career Ready Berks to provide career readiness information and experiences for students and teachers in Berks County. 

Partners

  • Berks Business Education Coalition – Dr. Solomon Lausch
  • Berks Career and Technology Center – Dr. Jim Kraft
  • Berks County Department of Agriculture – Tami Hildebrand
  • Berks County Intermediate Unit
  • Berks County Workforce Development Board – Dan Fogarty
  • Career Ready Berks
  • Greater Reading Chamber Alliance – Ellen Albright
  • Kutztown Area School District
  • Oley Valley School District – Jenn Hoffman / Dr. Tracy Shank
  • Penn State Berks – Dr. Ryan Hassler
  • Reading Area Community College – Jodi Corbett / Dr. Susan Looney
  • Reading Public Museum – Coleen Mikucki / Wendy Koller
  • Science Research Institute at Albright – Adelle Schade
  • Suburban Testing Labs – Sara Kuzma-Stump
  • Greater Reading Chamber Alliance – Ellen Albright