Exploring STEM Careers Pipeline Program

A Partnership with the Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation

The Exploring STEM Careers Pipeline Program brings hands-on learning opportunities, including workshops, field trips, training events, and summer internships to underserved high school students in metro Atlanta.

Through this two-year extracurricular program, high school juniors and seniors are exposed to a wide variety of STEM careers and professionals, provided opportunities to develop real world technology skills, and better prepared to compete for advanced STEM education and jobs. The Exploring STEM Careers Pipeline Program is funded through a grant from the Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation.

Program highlights include:

  • Professional Skills Coaching: Students attend a series of fun and engaging workshops that cover topics such as career planning, networking, project management, internship preparedness, time management and financial literacy.
  • Technology Challenges: Students work with professional mentors to take part in website design competitions, the Georgia Tech InVenture Challenge, Georgia STEM Day, and Georgia Day of Code.
  • Summer Professional Development: Students compete for paid summer technology internships with Atlanta firms or to participate in TAG-Ed’s free month-long coding camp.
  • Higher Education Preparation: Students are provided opportunities to explore continuing education alternatives, prepare for SAT and ACT exams and research sources of college scholarships.

Introducing: The Tino J. Mantella Coding Camp

Created in honor of TAG’s former President Tino Mantella, the Tino J. Mantella Coding Camp is a four-week coding camp free of charge for 30 students in TAG-Ed’s Exploring STEM Careers Pipeline Program. The camp will provide students a comprehensive coding and “soft skill” training experience to spark participant’s interest in a technology career, prepare them for a future TAG-Ed Summer Internship, and give them a tangible project by the end of the program.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Pipeline Project?

The Pipeline Project is an Arthur M. Blank Family initiative that 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.

21 partner organizations, including TAG Education Collaborative, are currently involved in the Pipeline Project. For more information about the Pipeline Project, click here. 

What is the purpose of the Pipeline Program?

Through the Pipeline Program, TAG-Ed hopes to:

  • Provide real world, hands on STEM learning opportunities for Atlanta high school students
  • Expose students to STEM career pathways and opportunities while preparing them to be successful in pursuing said opportunities
  • Expand and diversify the STEM pipeline for Georgia’s future workforce
  • Create public-private partnerships between Georgia businesses and underserved schools
  •  Help underserved schools achieve STEM Certification
How many students are involved?

At this time, the Pipeline Program can currently accommodate approximately 20 students per partner organization. We hope to engage between 60-80 students over the two-year grant.

How can I volunteer?

We are currently seeking to fill a number of volunteer positions, including Company Host, Mentor/ Advisor, Presenter, and Sponsor. For more details on each volunteer positions’ level of engagement, time requirements, and qualifications, please click here. 

How can my school or community organization get involved?

At this time, the Pipeline Program is a two-year pilot program capped at working with four schools/ community organizations.

What schools/ partner organizations are currently involved?

Our current Exploring STEM Career Pipeline Program partnerships include Arabia Mountain High School, Booker T. Washington High School, and the American Explorers Program.

Questions? Comments? Concerns?

Contact Kristina Smith (TAG-Ed). 

Need more info? Download the Exploring STEM Careers Pipeline Program flyer (PDF).

Want to learn about the Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation Pipeline Project? Read more here. 

Why the Pipeline Program?

The Good News: There is demand for STEM jobs in Georgia.

The Bad News: Georgia ranks in the bottom quartile of graduates with two-year and four-year STEM degrees. Let’s fix the broken pipeline.

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