The K-12 STEM Center follows all University guidelines for protecting students, families, teachers, and staff during the COVID-19 pandemic: no events on or off campus, and staff are working remotely.

Start Teaching Computer Science in Fall 2020

Full Scholarships for Teacher PD at USC 

USC Viterbi K-12 STEM Center has partnered with to expand access to computer science in Southern California* by offering schools the training that empowers teachers to introduce a CS course in middle and high schools in Fall 2020. Whether teachers are new to CS or have experience teaching CS courses, this program promotes growth by providing space for teachers to become comfortable with curricular materials, CS content, and pedagogy.

Apply now for the nine-day training at USC & for full or partial scholarships to this training at USC Viterbi Engineering
  • Dates: Computer Science Principles (CSP) July 13-July 17
    Computer Science Discoveries (CSD) July 20-July 24
  • Four quarterly Saturday workshops during the 2020-21 school year with your cohort and facilitators.
  • Up to 7 units of Continuing Education Units from USC Rossier School of Education for completion of the 9 days of training in the summer and academic year.

You’ll join a community of teachers and districts in partnership with USC Viterbi K-12 STEM Center and benefit from our affiliated opportunities.

Elementary school teachers can start right after completing the Fundamentals training in just one Saturday, find free trainings here.

  • USC works with districts other than LAUSD, which has a direct relationship with statistics

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Summer cohort

The USC/ summer cohort with 52 teachers

CS Discoveries Facilitators

CS Discoveries Faciltiators John Landa and Debbie Spear with USC Viterbi K-12 STEM Co-Director Katie Mills (L to R)

Whether teachers are new to computer science (CS) or have experience teaching other CS courses, this program promotes growth by providing space for teachers to become comfortable with curricular materials, CS content, and pedagogy. Learn more about's Professional Learning training here. 

*LAUSD teachers can access this training through LAUSD. Consequently, USC will be working with other SoCal school districts. 

Why Schools Need More Quality Computer Science Education?

  • Every student in every school should have the opportunity to learn computer science. 
  • Computer science is about logic, problem solving, collaboration and creativity. Students gain an opportunity to take part in creating technology that will solve problems in their communities and in the world. 
  • Computer science teaches students foundational 21st-century knowledge  skills that will open doors inevery field, in every state.  


67,863 Open computing jobs

(3.3x the state average demand rate)

6,236 Computer science graduates


California has no dedicated state funding for CS PD and does not require all high schools to offer CS, even though it has K-12 CS curriculum standards. and USC Viterbi's K-12 STEM Center offer a solution to Southern California school districts, schools, and teachers.

The value of a computer science education


Computing jobs are the #1 source of new wages in the United States


The need for CS Teachers

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Support K-12 Computer Science Education in California here.

About is a Seattle-based, 501c3 non-profit dedicated to expanding access to computer science and increasing participation by women and underrepresented students of color.'s vision is that every student in every school should have the opportunity to learn computer science. Since launching in 2013, has partnered with public school districts nationwide, helped change policies to expand computer science programs, built innovative curriculum for all levels K-12, and organized the Hour of Code campaign – which has introduced over 100 million students to computer science to date.