Pride in STEM: July 5, 2018

Research proves that diversity of training, disciplines, and even lived experience is crucial to innovation. University of Southern California recently opened the Michelson Center to break researchers out of their academic silos by sharing lab and office spaces.  [Read more]

Learning with the Tools of the Trade

When the SHINE18 cohort arrived at MATLAB training on Tuesday, 6/26/18, they didn’t quite know what they were in for. Or what they would soon be capable of. Obviously, all SHINE students are rather good at math. [Read more]

Prof. Zavaleta Sheds (Fluorescent) Light on Cancer Imaging

The productive tension between the tiny details of any research project and the research’s broader significance is a theme this first week of the SHINE program. The SHINE students were thrown into labs structured by precise methodology, expensive equipment and highly educated mentors. [Read more]

Teamwork is Essential to Engineering

Spaghetti, Coffee Stirs, Coffee Lids, Pipe Cleaners, and Coffee Sleeves. Why would we give these to 33 high school students who don’t know each other? These students are in Week 1 of seven weeks of the Summer High School Intensive in Next-Generation Engineering (SHINE) program, [Read more]

High School Students Begin Summer Engineering Research

On Monday, June 18, Brody Bishop, an aerospace engineering enthusiast who became a pilot at twelve, and Mei Lao, who in her free time explores the links between Alzheimer’s and populations of genocide survivors, joined 31 other high school students in the biggest and most impressive cohort yet of USC Viterbi’s SHINE program.  [Read more]

Conozca una Ingeniera Aqui!

Mariachi music and jazz standards enlivened the multi-school Fair last Saturday sponsored by Los Angeles Unified School District’s Local District East. Families with students attending these schools stopped at many of the Festival’s over 80 booths.  [Read more]

Building a STEM Future from LA’s Oil History

Did you know that some schools in the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) are built on the remnants of L.A.’s once-booming oil fields? In fact, an estimated 200+ Los Angeles schools have been built on and near oil fields, and quite a few schools are surprisingly close to the city’s active oil pumps (different sources claim there are still between and 1,071 active oil wells accounts today in L.A.) [Read more]

East LA Teachers Play with Robots at Lunch

The teachers at the partner Elementary Schools fell in love with the robots at the recent hands-on encounter. The teachers stopped by to learn how easy it is to code a robot as part of the process of recruiting teachers to participate in USC Viterbi Adopt-a-School, Adopt-a-Teacher (USC VAST)’s new program, Building Opportunities with Teachers in Schools (BOTS).  [Read more]

Middle School Girls Build Their First Robot

USC Viterbi is excited to engage young girls in computer science and robotics through a number of STEM outreach programs, including a VEX Robotics team at St. Odilia School. After just six short weeks, the nascent team has completed its first VEX robot, called the Clawbot. [Read more]

Studying Centrifuges in Biomedical Engineering

Who knew that centrifuges could be so important to the latest advances in biomedical engineering and pharmaceutic innovation? After their visit to Prof. Megan McCain’s lab, 67 students from Orthopaedic Medical Magnet High School now know that centrifuges are a major tool used in tissue systems research and why that is important. [Read more]