Can a 6-year-old code?

Of course they can! when they have the engaging curriculum provided by the nonprofit 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

Google Engineers and USC Students Give a Few Hours for Code

“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

#DanceParty Hackathon for #CSEdWeek

Dance party is the theme for’s Hour of Code activities during this year’s National Computer Science Education Week (12/3 – 9, 2019). Coders are able to select from 32 hit songs by society’s most popular artists — Katy Perry, Lady Gaga, Bruce Springsteen, Madonna, Outkast, to name just a few. The coding challenge is to use the programming application … Read More

Hour of Code activities with USC students

Monday, 12/3 – 12/4 USC VAST’s annual Code Dojo event will bring together 30 6th grade students of Mr. Jorge Reyes of Florence Nightingale Middle School in Cypress Park plus volunteer engineers from Google and USC student volunteers. Together, they will work on Google’s CS First Hour of Code activity. 9:30 am — Bus arrives at USC with 30 6th grade students, greeted by USC students and … Read More

Shen Lab Welcomes STEM Academy of Boyle Heights

On Friday, November 16, 2018, Professor Keyue Shen welcomed science teacher Ms. Huang Oh and her students of the STEM Academy of Boyle Heights to his Integrative Biosystems Engineering Lab at USC Viterbi. This visit is part of a partnership between Professor Shen and the STEM Academy of Boyle Heights that aims to increase awareness and enthusiasm for STEM pathways for the traditionally underserved community of Boyle Heights.  [Read more]

First and Second Graders Learn Algorithms and Angles

“Forward is 0 degrees, right turn is 90 degrees!” shouts a tiny first grade student as she helps her partner code a robot through a maze. Elementary school students generally don’t learn angles until about fourth grade, but when students get the chance to code a robot, they will learn just about anything. At least, that’s a common outcome for BOTS, which aims to motivate students to excel at computational thinking.  [Read more]

Professor Choi’s Trip to STEM Academy of Hollywood

Professor Joon-Ho ChoiOn Thursday, November 8, 2018, USC Professor Joon-Ho Choi traveled to the STEM Academy of Hollywood to share his innovative research with tomorrow’s engineers and architects. A professor of Building Science at the USC School of Architecture, Choi is shaping the future of built environments through his research on how the quality of indoor environments affects occupants’ health and quality of life.  In his presentation entitled, “Human-Building … Read More