If you have never met a chemical engineer who researches how cancers grow or a computer scientist who helps reduce homelessness, how would you ever know the ways STEM helps to improve society? People set their dreams and goals by what they know, by whom they know, which is why exposing ourselves to people and social movements expands what we … Read More

Elementary students always welcome a chance to interact with robots, especially when robots help children and adults in important ways. The children and their families at Monterey Hills Elementary School interacted with the robots in the lab of USC Viterbi Professor Maja Matarić, who is a parent at the school. To see the article published in the South Pasadena paper,  [Read more]

Read in Spanish First- and second-graders were the computer science experts at University of Southern California when 35 families gathered last weekend to face two dozen robotics challenges. Over 225 children have been learning all year to code and program robots in the classrooms of nine Boyle Heights teachers involved in USC’s Viterbi School of Engineering program called BOTS… [Read more]

The future of robotics is on display every year at USC Viterbi School of Engineering during National Robotics Week. That’s when about 1,100 visitors came to campus to see research advances made over the past year by robotics professors and their graduate students. Fifteen research labs, four student robotics organizations, two USC Viterbi K-12 outreach programs, plus several discussions (on autonomous cars, stereotypes about who is a computer scientist, and trends on manufac-turing robotics) made for a … Read More

During each summer, USC Viterbi School of Engineering hosts high school students from throughout the Southland to join the research teams of faculty. The Summer High School Intensive in Next Generation Engineering (SHINE) lasts seven weeks during the summer, but the networks and friendships last much longer. Recently, students from the SHINE 2018 cohort returned for a reunion, the second … Read More

Can a 6-year-old code?

Of course they can! when they have the engaging curriculum provided by the nonprofit Code.org and a confident teacher who encourages them. What’s more, they can program robots to move through a maze, coding the rolling Sphero SPRK+ used in our BOTS program for the multiple dimensions of speed, duration (distance), and direction, including turns, forward and backwards movement. Not … Read More

BOTS Shuffle Song

My name is Kendall Work, and I am a freshman studying mechanical engineering. I work as a robotics trainer for VAST (USC Viterbi Adopt a School, Adopt a Teacher), and my main responsibility is to develop our BOTS program (Building Opportunities for Teachers in Schools) in which we help teachers teach coding and robotics to first- and second-grade students. To … Read More

“This was the best day ever in my life.” Teacher Jorge Reyes wrote us about this enthusiastic comment, which he overheard from one of the students in his sixth grade technology class at Florence Nightingale Middle School in Cypress Park. The class of 30 students had spent the morning on the USC campus to work on an Hour of Code … Read More