February 2021
The Donald McKinney Center for STEM Education Monthly Newsletter


EngWINS Seeks Engineering Mentors

In collaboration with the Philadelphia Education Fund and additional partners, The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University is offering an enrichment program entitled Engineering Women in Natural Sciences (EngWINS). EngWINS will establish virtual adult/student mentor/mentee relationships during the spring of 2021, followed by in-person research internships over the of summer 2021.

EngWINS seeks 24 motivated mentors to virtually engage 1-2 high school girls in the spring; and then host the students in their labs, research sites, or other types of engineering worksites over the summer. Mentors MUST be engineering professionals or higher education faculty (no classroom teachers or college students, please). Mentors will receive professional development, ongoing coaching, and a stipend

Mentor Applications must be received by February 28, 2021, and selected mentors will be notified by March 5, 2021. The program is not accepting applications from high school students , as these young have already been identified.

For more information, please contact Betty Louis, Engineering Women In Natural Sciences Coordinator.

(Virtual) George Washington Carver Science Fair -
Seeking 2021 Judges
Philadelphia's citywide Carver Science Fair is one of the oldest and largest urban science fairs in the country. Co-sponsored by Temple University, The School District of Philadelphia, and the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University, the fair engages 4th-12 grade students from public, parochial, charter, private, and home schools. Science fair participation cultivates curiosity and inquiry, hands-on learning, problem-solving, and an appreciation for the scientific method.

The Carver Science Fair needs judges. Please visit the judges section of the Carver website for additional information and to register; or email Kathy Fadigan for additional details.

Pennsylvania STEM Coalition &
Pennsylvania Statewide STEM Ecosystem

The Pennsylvania STEM Coalition and the Pennsylvania Statewide STEM Ecosystem (PSSE) offer a series of STEM meetings throughout the year. In partnership with the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE), these events are an excellent opportunity to learn about regional and national STEM updates. You can join the listserv HERE.

The next STEM Coalition meeting will be on Thursday, February 11, from 4-5 PM. The topic will be "Unpacking Department of Education Research." This is the Zoom link, and preregistration is not required. Please email Betsy Payne for details.

Philadelphia STEM Ecosystem &
Philadelphia STEM Equity Collective

The Philadelphia STEM Ecosystem is one of 89 national STEM Ecosystems and convenes STEM stakeholders to increase collaboration, coordination, and access.

In partnership with GSK. The Philadelphia STEM Equity Collective is a 10-year initiative that seeks to increase the number of individuals from underrepresented populations entering STEM careers.

Participation in both networks is free. Please contact Betsy Payne for further information.

Philadelphia STEM Education Directories

The Philadelphia STEM Ecosystem just launched its new STEM Education Directory. The Program Directory lists out-of-school time STEM activities for Pre-K-12 children and youth in the Philadelphia area. The PD Directory includes STEM PD offerings for both classroom teachers and informal educators. We continue to accept listings for both. Please email Betsy Payne for additional details or information.


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