Pennsylvania STEM Experiences for Equity and Diversity (PA SEED)
PA STEM Experiences for Equity and Diversity (SEED) Ecosystem is a collaborative between school districts, libraries, Intermediate Units, post-secondary institutions, and environmental education centers along with growing public/private partnerships like those forged with the United Way, Chester County Economic Development Council (CCED) or Corbett Incorporated. The STEM Learning Ecosystem spans four counties and is focused on collectively leveraging resources to ensure all students in the region have robust STEM experiences P-20. There will be 590,000 new and replacement jobs in Pennsylvania through 2026, with STEM jobs growing at over 9 percent. Employers are clamoring for a workforce that has problem solving communication, and computational thinking skills. PA SEED provides opportunities for students to develop these skills to open STEM career pathways for all students. Bucks, Chester, Delaware, and Montgomery Intermediate Units build the foundation of the STEM Ecosystem. The Intermediate Units’ experience providing professional learning across the continuum of school professionals along with technical assistance from district to classroom level allows for an understanding of the opportunities within the region. With over 25 private, NGO, and/or philanthropic partners, 15 post-secondary partners and support from the Pennsylvania Department of Education the Intermediate Units collectively offer a suite of STEM educational services that act as the foundation for a STEM Learning Ecosystem.