The Schenectady STEM Alliance is a coalition of industry, education and community leaders working to connect under-resourced students with growing opportunities in the Tech Valley. By encouraging collaboration between local businesses, schools, community and philanthropic organizations, the STEM Alliance aims to improve access to STEM education and career development opportunities for young people in Schenectady.

The STEM Alliance was organized by the Schenectady Foundation in 2016, and the Foundation supports the Alliance with staff time, organizational capacity, research and fundraising.

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The Opportunity 

Long a center of industrial production and innovation, Schenectady is experiencing a resurgence of its science and technology sectors. A growing ecosystem of startups, incubators, and strong educational institutions are joining established employers in providing career opportunities in the STEM fields.

At the same time, the fortunes of our city’s families and youth continue to decline. There is a high level of poverty among children and youth, and underfunded schools struggle to keep pace with the offerings of suburban areas. As a result, our young men and women are far less likely to have exposure to STEM programming, or see STEM careers as viable choices.

Our challenge:  to connect young people in Schenectady to STEM career paths, when many have limited access to STEM education and career development opportunities.


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Schenectady will become an academic playground where young people and their families can easily find hands-on opportunities to explore STEM-related fields.

STEM opportunities will be readily accessible for all students.

  • Schenectady’s rich history of innovation will be embraced as a commonly understood backdrop for what’s possible in our community’s future-- and what’s possible for our children in that future.
  • Increasingly, Schenectady students will choose to explore in-school STEM courses and extra-curricular programs, be connected to STEM professionals, and find pathways into higher education and STEM careers.
  • A large and diverse cadre of mentors*, allies and benefactors working professionally in STEM fields will be readily available and engaged with K-12 students and educators.

What We're Working On

While the Capital District has many organizations providing hands-on STEM education, they can be hard to find for students in under-resourced communities. This is why we’re developing STEM Xplor: a central website and database to search for STEM extracurricular opportunities for students in grades 6-12 in the Capital Region.  STEMXplor will allow students, teachers, and parents to search in one place for afterschool, weekend and summer STEM programs, by grade level, topic area, cost and location.

A special thank you to our corporate sponsors for getting behind this innovative project!

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The Little Family Foundation is a major funder of the STEM Alliance.

Stay tuned for a spring 2018 launch date!



Join the STEM Alliance       

Members of the STEM Alliance can be organizations, corporations or individuals. There is no membership fee, but all members are expected to participate in Alliance efforts, including:

  • Regular participation in Alliance meetings or events;
  • Sharing information about programs;
  • Collaborating as appropriate on programs, projects and funding opportunities;
  • Sharing resources to improve and promote efforts by the Alliance or its members;
  • Providing specific support to the Alliance as each member is capable (i.e: outreach to key stakeholders, recruitment and/or training of STEM mentors; providing in-kind resources to advance the Alliance vision, etc.)


Together we can be more effective to raise awareness and improve access to STEM educational and career opportunities.

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