Montebello Teacher Advocates for Computer Science for Students

The minute she was exposed to Computer Science, Suva Intermediate School teacher Lorraine Torres became passionate about bringing the subject into her classroom and learning more herself. After 29 years of teaching a variety of subjects including math and music, Torres decided to earn a master’s degree in educational technology. In her program, she took her first ever Computer Science … Read More

Pre MESA Day 2022 Boasts Record Success

Every year at Panda Express MESA Day Preliminaries (Pre MESA Day), a variety of STEM competitions are hosted at the University of Southern California. These competitions give middle and high school students the opportunity to work on unique projects that nurture their STEM skills and build their STEM confidence. On March 12, 2022, Pre MESA Day hosted twenty-five middle and … Read More

CS Equity 2022

Computer Science Equity in 2022Almost 10 years ago, former US president Barack Obama wrote his first line of code with help from a middle school student. In 2016, the administration launched CS for All, a bold new initiative to empower all American students from kindergarten through high school to learn computer science. These days, kids and adolescents are among the … Read More

SoCal NSBE Jr. Victors Shine at Nationals

SoCal NSBE Jr. Victors Shine at NationalsOn March 23-March 27, 2022, the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) hosted its first in person National Convention since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. Over 2,000 students and professionals gathered at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, CA, to celebrate NSBE’s 48th Annual Convention themed “Inspiring Engineers” where they networked with, competed … Read More

Black History Month: Black Health and Wellness

Black History Month: Black Health and WellnessThis Black History Month the K-12 STEM Center asks: How can we incorporate this year’s BHM theme of “Black Health and Wellness” into our daily experiences in predominately white academia?”We can use recent history as example of times when it’s not okay to be okay. It can be empowering to state whatyou need from … Read More

Dr. Gray: STEM Educator

Dr. Gray: The STEM EducatorDr. Darin Gray, Co-Director of the K-12 STSEM Center, received two new Awards this week, adding to his long list of awards, including “Engineer of the Year” in 2020 by the Orange County Engineering Council. At the Los Angeles Awards Dinner of the Engineer’s Council, Dr. Gray was awarded the STEM Educator Award “for a lifetime … Read More

Two Professional Development Opportunities from LACOE

Computer Science Professional Development from Los Angeles County Office of Education  Click image to downloadClick image to downloadLos Angeles County Office of Education is offering two professional development opportunities in January and February to support your effort in bringing Computer Science education to your school. Be a part of the growing CS Education Community here in Los Angeles! Make connections … Read More

A Day of Making: A Grant Imahara Memorial Event

Flyer HereUSC 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 … Read More

Hispanic Heritage Month at the K-12 STEM Center

This Hispanic Heritage Month, the USC Viterbi K-12 STEM Center is dedicated to highlighting Latinx stories. ⁠⁠This year’s theme — ESPERANZA: A CELEBRATION OF HISPANIC HERITAGE AND HOPE — invites us to celebrate Hispanic Heritage and to reflect on how great our tomorrow can be if we hold onto our resilience and hope. ⁠⁠⁠⁠Scroll below to read about our five … Read More

Energy for Everyone: Elementary and Secondary School Students Emphasize the Eminence of Sustainable Energy

With each passing day, the realities of climate change on Earth become less and less deniable. From devastating flash floods in coastal cities to infustructure-crushing sinkholes in southern swamplands and alarmingly frequent wildfires along the northern west coast, it is clear that our planet as we know it will not be able to sustain the environmental malpractice of human-made institutions … Read More