Penn Engineering and Steppingstone Scholars launch a STEM equity and innovation lab

The School of Engineering and Applied Science (Penn Engineering) and Steppingstone Scholars (Steppingstone) have collaborated on a new venture, Inveniam, a first-of-its-kind “STEM Equity and Innovation Lab.”

two middle school-age students work on a robotics project.
(Pre-pandemic image) In the Blended Learning Initiative, Steppingstone Scholars use Arduino based robotics, coding and design thinking to ready themselves for Java certification and AP computer science as well as prepare for college or careers in STEM fields. (Image: Penn Engineering Today)

The lab will provide students from Philadelphia free access to foundational science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) resources through technology, scholastic partnerships, curriculum development, extracurricular programming, and research opportunities.

Committing to an initial 5-year agreement, Penn Engineering and Steppingstone will begin with the development of a new blended AP computer science course. The full-year course will begin in the fall 2021 semester, in which Penn Engineering students will create online content modules to supplement high school classroom instruction. Inveniam aims to enroll roughly 3,000 Philadelphia students in this course. Similar content for high-level math and physics courses will follow.

This story is by Evan Lerner. Read more at Penn Engineering Today.