is a collaborative effort between the City of Philadelphia Department of Commerce and the Philadelphia Industrial Development Corporation—a forward thinking initiative inspired by the infusion of entrepreneurial talent that has boosted the city’s energy and brought new vitality to its neighborhoods.
Philadelphia youth from under-resourced schools and the teachers, professionals and families from their communities, FirstHand aims to spark an interest in the STEAM disciplines for students to explore and cultivate throughout their lives. By giving students the opportunity to ask more questions, create new solutions and explore science firsthand, we’re opening the doors for the minds of tomorrow.
is committed to providing disadvantaged inner city children with the technical skills, support and industry exposure necessary to gain access to opportunities in STEM related fields. We accomplish this by providing children with free, engaging, challenging and creative tech education programs, while also providing them with pathways to STEM related careers.
empowers middle school girls to become tomorrow’s technology leaders. We put tech directly in their hands through ourfree, project based workshops, and aim to eliminate the gender gap by sparking a passion for tech early in girls’ lives.