Robotics Outreach

"It's incredible to be able to do outreach virtually despite the COVID-19 pandemic."

- USC RPL Member

"Great project! The project was engaging at the right level with enough variation for students to experiment."

- Googler

Robodog by Carley B., Noah F., Noah T., Tyler S., and Xiaowen Z.

Monday, 12/07

Try event: Train a Computer AI

  • 8am PST /1:30pm PST
  • Grades 6-12
Tuesday, 12/08

USC family activity in Spanish:

Also try event: Dance Party

  • 8am PST /1:30pm PST
  • Grades K-5
Wednesday, 12/09

USC career talk: Engineers from Relativity Space, Twitter, Microsoft

Also try event: Outbreak Simulator

  • 8am PST /1:30pm PST
  • Grades 4-12
Thursday, 12/10

USC career talks: Google engineer Anthony D. Mays

Also try event: Design Apps for Good

  • 8am PST /1:30pm PST
  • Grades 6-12
Friday, 12/11

Career talks: YouTube VP Malik Ducard

goIT USC Viterbi K-12 STEM Center Student Final Showcase:

Also try event: Minecraft: Hero's Journey

  • 8am PST /1:30pm PST
  • Grades 3-7
irobot Hour of code events
  • Telephone Drawing: Modeled after the classic game of Telephone, students will receive, remix, and pass along code down the telephone chain. Will your team fulfill the Picture Goal by the time you reach the end?
  • Guess the Code: Modeled after the classic game of Pictionary™, this game challenges students to interpret code and compete to guess the pictures drawn and songs sung by the virtual Root® SimBot.
  • Robot Feelings: The Kind Playground: Root is learning how to make kind choices when playing with friends. Let’s help with some practice in this lucky spin game! Who will be the first to get Root to make four kind choices in a row?!
  • Traffic Bot: Traffic signals are a staple of safety in our everyday lives AND a way that we all interact with code in the real world! Complete the coding challenges and discover who invented the traffic signal!
  • Seeing the Whole Picture: Just like the different sensors on a robot, our friends can often see, hear, feel or understand things that we cannot. It’s important to listen to others’ points of view. Make sure to listen to what your teammates see in this Crack-the-Code challenge.
  • Simulator Code Break: Learn how to create and download coding projects with this activity packet! Solve all puzzles with the Root® SimBot in the virtual arena to reveal the secret message at the end!

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Learn more here about scholarships to join our 2021-2022 cohort of teachers trained to teach a new CS course at their middle or high school 

Resources to create an Hour of Code Activity:


Code a Dance Party with your friends. Featuring Katy Perry, Madonna, J. Balvin, Sia, Keith Urban, Ciara, and
25 more!


Celebrate Computer Science Education Week this year with flexible one-hour coding activities that can be completed online with a device, or offline and unplugged.


A wide range of activities for K-12 learners is available through Find the right activity here!


Students created innovative stories using Google's "An Amazing Discovery" on Scratch 3 .


Google engineer Prabir Pradhan shows a student how to debug his code.


Google engineer Scott Wu (right) and USC students on a virtual call to schools.

Teacher Trainings from USC and

Elementary school teachers are invited to a Saturday professional training on the Computer Science Fundamentals course, sponsored by and USC Viterbi – and we can book the workshop at or near your school! Contact us here:

Applications open in November 2020 for middle and high school teachers for a full scholarship to’s nine-day training sequence to bring Computer Science Discoveries and Computer Science Principles (including the AP version) to schools in 2021-22. This training begins with a 5-day Summer Immersion workshop followed by Quarterly Saturday workshops through the implementation year.

Read About Past Code Dojos

Learn more about how USC K-12 STEM Center supports CS Education here!


Girls Who Code

Girls Who Code is an organization that provides seven-week summer immersion programs and year long school clubs for young women in high school, in hopes of closing the gender gap in technology.

Girls Who Code Clubs

Girls Who Code is an organization that provides seven-week summer immersion programs and year long school clubs for young women in high school, in hopes of closing the gender gap in technology.