Families Building Digital Fluency

El Círculo Familiar engages Hispanic families in the Boyle Heights barrio of east Los Angeles by supporting a family – school – community – university ecosystem in parallel with schools participating in the University of Southern California (USC) Building Opportunities with Teachers in Schools (BOTS) program. El Círculo Familiar provides families of BOTS students with fun, bilingual “play shops” using digital technologies to activate STEM learning and enhance media literacy among neighbors and across generations.

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Dates : Wednesdays 5/1, 5/8 and 5/15 
Time: 4 PM - 6:30 PM
Location: Sheridan Street Elementary School 

Field Trip & Celebration
Date: Saturday 5/18
Time: 9 AM - 1 PM
Location: TBA

Flyer in English | Flyer in Spanish

Past El Círculo Familiar Culminating Event

Video Credit to Sheridan Street Elementary


El Círculo Familiar responds to the pressing need to support STEM education in this population and to use critical media techniques to counter destructive stereotypes about who has the knowledge and right to become proficient in STEM, autonomous technologies and artificial intelligence. Supported by USC Viterbi Adopt-a-School, Adopt-a-Teacher Program, PBS SoCal,USC Annenberg Critical Media Project, and the Joan Ganz Cooney Center. El Círculo Familiar builds a family – school – community – university ecosystem of early STEM learning and Latino family engagement in east Los Angeles. The ecosystems approach leverages each partner's diverse assets in "un círculo familiar" to effectively and sustainably impact the under-resourced families we serve. Learn more…

Published on September 14th, 2018

Last updated on April 6th, 2022