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We bring together educators, business leaders, community organizations, and others who play a role is STEM education to share ideas and resources to BRIDGE THE GAP.

Our History

Created in 2009 by [Mary Welsh Schlueter], PIE is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Using experiential, digital, project-based and blended learning methods, students are encouraged to better develop STEM (science, technology, engineering and math)-based skills. Mastering critical thinking skills and practicing hands-on applications of these concepts has become essential in competing in the global economy. PIE partnerships represent a wide spectrum of business and community partners, allowing students to become better-prepared for the digital workforce and the challenges of the 21st century marketplace.

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Our Success

Students in PIE programs ACHIEVE

  • PIE programs drive attendance 14 percent higher in participating schools
  • 100 percent of PIE programs meet or exceed STEM curriculum standards
  • 25 percent of PIE programs introduce art and creativity into STEM curriculum
  • PIE programs attract higher rates of participation among girls and minorities in STEM classes
  • PIE programs increase STEM career and college readiness by 52 percent
  • Hands-on PIE programs increase STEM academic achievement by 35 percent


  • $20,000 matching grant from branding firm Causality
  • $40,000 grant from Duke Energy Foundation
  • $10,000 grant from The Jacob G. Schmidlapp Trust (Fifth Third Bank, Trustee) for KydPreneur program at Cincinnati Public Schools.
  • 2014 Ohio Department of Education, Straight A Fund grant recipient



  • Mayor Mark Mallory and Cincinnati City Council issued a formal proclamation praising PIE
  • Chief Executive Mary Welsh Schlueter received National Diversity Council Leadership Excellence Award
  • Venue and LEAD Magazines’ Civic Leadership Award
  • Duke Energy Foundation and Cincinnati Museum Center Difference Maker Award
  • Chamber of Commerce Women Excel (WE) Program – Finalist, Businesses We Watch







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Ohio: 3M Corporation ; BonBonerie Inc.; Cincinnati Public Schools; CincyTech USA; Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra; Dinsmore & Shohl LLC; Duke Energy Foundation; Gormon Heritage Farm; Greater Cincinnati World Affairs Council; Macy’s; Madisano’s Gelato; Mayerson Academy; Milford Schools; Princeton Schools; Sprint Communications; Taft Museum of Art; The Health Foundation (Interact for Health); Ulmer & Berne; University of Cincinnati; UC Entrepreneurial Affairs and Technology Commercialization;

Kentucky: Bellevue Schools; Erlanger Schools; Humana Foundation; KnoVation/NetTrekker Inc.; Ludlow Independent Schools; Northern Kentucky University Center for Applied Infomatics; NKU Center for Integrative Science and Mathematics; Union Springs LLC

National: American Assoc. of University Women; CardioChek Inc.; Federal Bureau of Investigation-Quantico Academy and Crime Lab; Harvard University; Hewlett Packard; National Girls Collaborative Project; Women at Work; Women in Informatics; Women in Science and Engineering