For 40 years, USC Viterbi School of Engineering has collaborated with K-12 schools, teachers, and students to strengthen STEM pathways that broaden college and career options. Our programs and research-based interventions offer project-based experiences that support the Common Core and Next Generation Science Standards and serve the nation’s urgent need for a STEM-ready workforce.

Our Goals are:
  • Provide high impact programs locally, regionally, nationally and globally
  • Improve the diversity of STEM fields through targeted outreach to underrepresented minority groups and girls
  • Facilitate K-12 STEM education networks and research
  • Share the broader impacts of USC Viterbi’s faculty research

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Center Administration:

The K-12 STEM Center is led by Co-Directors Katie Mills, Ph.D., and Darin Gray, Ed.D., shown above.  Center Staff include Mary Bonaparte-Saller, Ph.D. (Associate Director), Ben Louie (MESA Director), Sarah Thomas (Assistant Director), and Jennifer Kolbauer (Program Coordinator), plus a staff of over 50 student workers. We report to Maja Matarić, currently the Interim VicePresident of Research for USC, also Distinguished Professor, Chan Soon-Shiong Professor of Computer Science, Neuroscience, and Pediatrics, Vice Dean for Research at the Viterbi School of Engineering, Founding Director of the Robotics and Autonomous Systems Center (RASC), and co-director of the USC Robotics Research Lab. Click here for more staff information.

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