Bots cohort


The K-12 STEM Center develops strategies and builds initiatives to meet the needs of a diverse population, specifically in efforts to increase the representation of female students and African American/Black, Hispanic/LatinX/Latine, Native/Indigenous students in its STEM programs, such as Mission Science. Some of those efforts include outreach, mentorship, and scholarships. However, all STEM Center programs are open to all students in compliance with Federal and State law, as well as University policy.


What we offer

Building Opportunities with Teachers in Schools (BOTS) fosters computer science and digital literacy and equity in Los Angeles elementary schools via a Community of Practice of K-5 teachers & USC Computer Science and Robotics students, co-creating high-quality, scalable, and sustainable in-school computer science education opportunities.

Program Goals

Increase elementary teachers’ computer science (CS) content knowledge, and confidence and motivation to effectively teach CS in their classrooms

Increase students’ access to and participation in high-quality, culturally-relevant CS lessons and activities.

Improve our USC student assistants’ communication skills, project management skills, and increase how much they value participating in STEM/CS outreach to underrepresented groups.

How do I learn More?

Reach out to our center at As we grow, we are often looking to connect with local school/district partners as well as USC computer science students!
Testimonial for the BOTS Program
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BOTS session
BOTS program testimonial by participant

Our Team

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Shivangi Kochrekar
BOTS Student Assistant
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Sumiya Naksi
BOTS Student Assistant

Our Sponsors

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Published on May 1st, 2024

Last updated on June 19th, 2024