The Pipeline Project
The Foundation’s Pipeline Project seeks to increase the number of low-income, preK-12 students in Atlanta, Fulton County and DeKalb County demonstrating demand for and proficiency in STEAM subjects. The Pipeline Project believes in learning by doing and seeks to use experiential, hands-on programs to draw more students into the pipeline.
In pursuit of the long-term goal of more students earning postsecondary certification and degrees in STEAM fields, The Pipeline Project will invest in innovations that disrupt the status quo for underserved preK-12 students.
The Pipeline Project is especially interested in emerging programs that succeed in reaching youth who would otherwise have little meaningful access to hands-on STEAM programs. It is through these classrooms, after-school and summer experiences that The Pipeline Project seeks to build both the supply of and the demand for STEAM programs among low-income youth and their families. By fostering peer learning and exchange through the collection of Pipeline Project partner organizations, AMBFF seeks to build a network of practitioners with influence sufficient enough to shift the direction of policy and the allocation of resources toward students who are not served by the current system.
THE STEAM PIPELINE PROBLEM
The good news: There is demand for STEM jobs in Georgia. Between 2010 and 2020, more than 20,000 new STEM jobs will open up in the state. The bad news: Georgia ranks in the bottom quartile of graduates with two-year and four-year STEM degrees.
The scarcity of STEAM graduates is the result of a broken pipeline.
- STEAM readiness is low; only 15% of Georgia graduates took a math or science AP exam.
- Of the 32,420 African-American public school students receiving a diploma in Georgia in 2014, only 35 of the students scored 3 or higher on the AP computer science exam.
And the pipeline problem starts early, and it’s worse in Atlanta than the state overall.
Pipeline Ambassadors are a team of educators, community leaders, and STEAM specialists brought together to further the goals of The Pipeline Project.
Center for Sustainable Communities
SMART Academy Center of Excellence
Fulton County Schools
Drew Charter School
|David MacNair, Ph. D.
Maker Faire Atlanta/Georgia Institute of Technology
Teach For America