Hour of Code activities with USC students

Monday, 12/3 – 12/4 USC VAST’s annual Code Dojo event will bring together 30 6th grade students of Mr. Jorge Reyes of Florence Nightingale Middle School in Cypress Park plus volunteer engineers from Google and USC student volunteers. Together, they will work on Google’s CS First Hour of Code activity. 9:30 am — Bus arrives at USC with 30 6th grade students, greeted by USC students and … Read More

Shen Lab Welcomes STEM Academy of Boyle Heights

On Friday, November 16, 2018, Professor Keyue Shen welcomed science teacher Ms. Huang Oh and her students of the STEM Academy of Boyle Heights to his Integrative Biosystems Engineering Lab at USC Viterbi. This visit is part of a partnership between Professor Shen and the STEM Academy of Boyle Heights that aims to increase awareness and enthusiasm for STEM pathways for the traditionally underserved community of Boyle Heights.  [Read more]

First and Second Graders Learn Algorithms and Angles

“Forward is 0 degrees, right turn is 90 degrees!” shouts a tiny first grade student as she helps her partner code a robot through a maze. Elementary school students generally don’t learn angles until about fourth grade, but when students get the chance to code a robot, they will learn just about anything. At least, that’s a common outcome for BOTS, which aims to motivate students to excel at computational thinking.  [Read more]

Professor Choi’s Trip to STEM Academy of Hollywood

Professor Joon-Ho ChoiOn Thursday, November 8, 2018, USC Professor Joon-Ho Choi traveled to the STEM Academy of Hollywood to share his innovative research with tomorrow’s engineers and architects. A professor of Building Science at the USC School of Architecture, Choi is shaping the future of built environments through his research on how the quality of indoor environments affects occupants’ health and quality of life.  In his presentation entitled, “Human-Building … Read More