A top priority at our K-12 STEM Center is connecting with students whose racial and ethnic heritage has been systematically underrepresented in science, technology, engineering and math. With Los Angeles County and our partner school districts being primarily LatinX, the K-12 STEM Center has considerable programs and staff dedicated to providing opportunities to these communities. One program that really makes … Read More

Flyer Here USC 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 … Read More

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

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

The Discovery Project What started as a way for local kids to learn from USC professors has evolved into a chance for students around the country to gain access to extraordinary academic opportunities. It’s called The Discovery Project, and Elizabeth Currid-Halkett from the USC Price School of Public Policy, Sandra Kaplan from the USC Rossier School of Education and Leana Golubchik from the USC Viterbi School … Read More

Hands-on activities and projects fostered intrapersonal STEM connections this year at Northrop Grumman Summer Engineering Camp. The 2021 session of the summer camp marks an in-person return to activities for 36 local middle school students after 18 months online. As per pandemic guidelines, the 2020 installment of the camp provided distance-learning, joining millions of others holding their programs over Zoom. … Read More

SHINE STUDENT DION WALKER, A RISING SOPHOMORE AT GREAT OAK HIGH SCHOOL, PRESENTED HIS RESEARCH AT THE POSTER SESSION. (PHOTO COURTESY OF RICK BOLTON) On Friday July 30th, the 2021 session of the Summer High School Intensive in Next-Generation Engineering (SHINE) held its annual poster session, the program’s culminating event aimed to celebrate the work and accomplishments of the student participants. At … Read More

Oroville Wright’s birthday, August 19, 1871, has been celebrated since 1939 as National Aviation Day. For his first flight in 1903, Oroville was 32 years old, still a young man whose curiosity about flight remains commonplace among adolescents and young adults deciding what to do with their lives. Today, just under 3% of pilots are between the ages of 16 … Read More

“While students experience math- and CS-aversion as an intensely personal problem, I view it as a structural one… but we can do something about it!”– Elizabeth Naameh When it comes to equity in STEM education, from the rates of female students pursuing STEM majors to the percentage of students from different racial and ethnic backgrounds on high school computer science … Read More

It’s been over a year since the COVID-19 pandemic changed how we live, how we communicate, and how we learn. In the case of the USC Viterbi School of Engineering, professors have taken the limitations of online learning and turned them into positives by engaging in projects with high schoolers both in the community and beyond. “Remote learning can make … Read More