Engineering

Transformer

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Program Goals


Engineering Transformer aims to increase:
  • Student interest, confidence, and motivation to continue learning STEM through hands-on, creative activities, projects, and challenges that utilize various technological tools and focus on real-world applications. 
  • Teachers’ confidence, understanding, and valuing of STEM through teacher training in technology and STEM curriculum.
  • Families’ awareness, understanding, and value of STEM through Family STEM Nights. 
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A USC Viterbi K-12 STEM Center Program supported by The John Branca Family.
  • Pilot schools: 42nd Street Elementary and Alexander Science Center School. Additional schools will be added each year, for a total of 10 participating schools.
  • Program piloted as an afterschool STEM Club at each school, with materials and curriculum accessible to teachers during school hours pending in-school coordination.
  • Monthly training for teachers on curriculum and technology.
  • USC student assistants available as technical support.
  • Family STEM Nights to engage families. 
  • End-of-year student showcase to highlight student projects.

Each unit is stand-alone, encompassing 3-4 introductory activities and projects. At the end of each unit there is an open-ended, creative challenge. At the end of the year, students are challenged to create or recreate a project from the year to highlight at a student showcase. 

Technology

  • Laptops
  • Electrical circuits
  • Robotics kits
  • Drones
  • Solar car kits
  • 3D printers

Units

  • Engineering Design Process
  • Computer Science
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Civil Engineering
  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Graphic Design
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Contact: Dr. Mary Bonaparte-Saller, kbonapar@usc.edu, (213) 740 - 3998

Published on August 15th, 2022

Last updated on September 8th, 2022