A Day of Making: A Grant Imahara Memorial Event


USC Viterbi’s Day of Making is coming Saturday, October 23, with three separate remote events centered on makers and making, all prompted by the memory and generosity of Grant Imahara.

Grant graduated from USC Viterbi School of Engineering in 1993 and went on to have a stellar career in film and television as a master maker. Even before graduating with his degree in electrical engineering, he was working with LucasFilm and Industrial Light and Magic. His work has been featured in Star WarsJurassic ParkThe Matrix, and Terminator, and he is remembered with affection for updating R2-D2 in the later Star Wars movies. Later, Grant became one of the hosts of the legendary television show, MythBusters. Beloved by the community of makers, Grant died unexpectedly last year, yet his friends and followers have kept alive his legacy of creativity and engagement with youth through the Grant Imahara STEAM Foundation.

The USC Viterbi K-12 STEM Center is grateful to the Foundation and all of Grant’s friends for their support of our outreach to students in elementary, middle and high school. On October 23, Grant’s birthday, we are hosting this USC Viterbi Day of Making in Grant’s honor.

The day kicks off with a very special Zoom talk and demonstration at 11 am by Grant’s friend, Allen Pan (USC Viterbi ’12), who is a celebrity maker on YouTube with his “Sufficiently Advanced.” Afterwards, two Zoom workshops will actually give viewers hands-on making experience, starting at 12:15 pm with a “Mini Maker Faire” the USC Makers students and another workshop on innovation at 1:15 with USC’s Robogals student organization.

YouTuber Allen Pan, Special Guest Speaker


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Allen Pan is a YouTuber with 1.53M subscribers who enjoy watching him make pretend things into real things using engineering, robotics, and creativity. Hear Allen talk about how he overcame challenges and how he got to be where he is today. See Allen’s YouTube channel.


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Hear from USC student makers, see their incredible projects, and ask them questions about their projects and the world of DIY technology! See some of their projects.


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Learn and ask questions about how to be an innovator from a panel of USC students from the group Robogals. See their website.

Published on October 11th, 2021

Last updated on March 24th, 2022