University of Pennsylvania
From its highly regarded academic programs to its interdisciplinary research and scholarship, Penn is committed to excellence in scholarship, research, and service. The Graduate School of Education (GSE) is focused on urban education and is ranked among the top ten schools of education in the U.S.. The SPARK! program involves Penn partners from GSE, the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (Penn Engineering), and the School of Social Policy and Practice.
School District of Philadelphia
The School District of Philadelphia is the seventh largest in the U.S. with over 215, 000 students in 273 schools. In 2002, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania took control of the Philadelphia school system and has introduced a core curriculum in science, literacy, and mathematics.
iPRAXIS
A 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to creating and fostering opportunities for underrepresented groups in science and technology through education and entrepreneurship. iPRAXIS works in partnership with Osiris Group, Inc., a business strategy, marketing, and communications firm with strong relationships in the science and technology community. iPRAXIS and Osiris partner on projects related to minority inclusion in science research and education, and STEM entrepreneurship.
The Philadelphia Zoo
State-of-the-art animal exhibits and health care facilities, award-winning education and conservation programs, scientific accomplishments and historical significance make the Philadelphia Zoo one of the world’s most renowned zoological societies and gardens. The Zoo, accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), welcomes more than 1.1 million visitors a year and offers hundreds of educational programs, family workshops and special public events that support and promote the Zoo’s mission to inspire all who participate to action and leadership on behalf of wildlife conservation.

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