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
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), Michelle McBride (Associate Research Administrator), 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.