Southern California Program

Los Angeles Public Library

Precollegiate Education
Los Angeles, CA
$250,000
June 2015

Full STEAM Ahead is an integrated science, technology, engineering, art, and math (STEAM) program at the Los Angeles Public Library.  The programmatic goals are to encourage young people’s curiosity and creativity, develop their knowledge of STEAM concepts, and inspire them to pursue careers in these fields.  The program was successfully piloted at 13 branch libraries, attracting 1,400 participants.  With the support of a two-year W. M. Keck Foundation grant, Full STEAM Ahead will expand to 40 branches of the Los Angeles Public Library that primarily serve low-income communities, provide 300 librarians with professional training on STEAM topics, and conduct 650 public STEAM programs reaching 9,100 children, teens, and adults.

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