ENGINE of Central PA

Central Pennsylvania Counties: Centre, Clearfield, Clinton, Cumberland, Dauphin, Fulton, Huntingdon, Juniata, Lebanon, Mifflin, Perry and Schuylkill


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 trans-disciplinary 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 Pennsylvania counties: Centre, Clearfield, Clinton, Cumberland, Dauphin, Fulton, Huntingdon, Juniata, Lebanon, Mifflin, Perry, and Schuylkill.

We strive to:
•Educate the community about the STEM mindset.
•Increase the number and support cross-sector partnerships that develop innovative and relevant projects.
•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.

Key Programs

ENGINE’s priority areas include:
• PIPELINE|STEM, Promoting Innovative Practices for Educator Leaders through Industry and University Experiences in STEM: a teacher externship program which addresses the need for teachers to have high-quality, real-world science and engineering experiences that translate the knowledge and practices of STEM into active projects for the 6th-12th classroom.
• Cross-Sector Partnership Grants: supporting cross-sector partnerships’ programs that fill a gap and address grand challenge in STEM.
• ENGINE Days: STEM, Innovation & Engagement Tour of the 12 Counties to highlight the influences and assets in the region for the K-12 community.
• Teacher Voice Council and Chief Science Officers (CSO) Leadership Program: preparing teacher and student leaders to advocate and bring awareness to the STEM workforce careers and needs in Central PA.


Amanda J. Smith, STEM Outreach and Engagement Liaison, Penn State Center for Science and the Schools
Kathy Hill, Director, Penn State Center for Science and the Schools
Jessica Rice, Director of Education, Whitaker Center for Science and the Arts
Michele Crowl, Executive Director, Discovery Space of Central Pennsylvania
Lauren Beal, STEM Supervisor, Lancaster-Lebanon Intermediate Unit 13
Mike Baker, Curriculum Consultant, Central Intermediate Unit 10
Annie Milewski, Supervisor of STEM and District Support Consultant, Schuylkill Intermediate Unit 29
Susan Voigt, Educational Services Supervisor, Capital Area Intermediate Unit 15
Peney Wright, STEM/STEAM Curriculum and Instruction Specialist, Tuscarora Intermediate Unit 11