Engineering Transformer

The K-12 STEM Center develops strategies and builds initiatives to meet the needs of a diverse population, specifically in efforts to increase the representation of female students and African American/Black, Hispanic/LatinX/Latine, Native/Indigenous students in its STEM programs, such as Engineering Transformer. Some of those efforts include outreach, mentorship, and scholarships. However, all STEM Center programs are open to all students in compliance with Federal and State law, as well as University policy.

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A USC Viterbi K-12 STEM Center program supported by The John Branca Family.

What we offer

Program Model

  • 1.   Once a week after school program.
    2.  60-minute lessons.
    3. Monthly training for teachers on curriculum and technology.
    4. USC student assistants are available as technical support.
    5. Fall and Spring Cohorts of 24 students.
    6. Family STEM Nights to engage families.
    7. End-of-year student showcase to highlight student projects.

Curriculum Model (3rd-5th grade)

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. 

Learning Units

  • Computer Science
  • Coding
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • 3D Printing
  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Drones

Technology

  • Laptops
  • Makey Makey
  • VEX GO kits
  • Root Robots
  • Codrones
  • 3D Printer

Program Goals

Increase underrepresented elementary students’ interest, confidence, and motivation to pursue STEM, particularly in Engineering and Technology disciplines.

Increase LAUSD teachers’ understanding of diverse engineering and technology fields, bolster their confidence to teach engineering and technology and utilize various technological tools in the classroom, and increase the level of which they value STEM education for their school community.

Cultivate and engage families and communities in STEM experiences to increase positive attitudes towards STEM and STEM education.

How do I learn More?

Reach out to our center at  K12stem@usc.edu. As we grow, we are often looking to connect with local school/district partners as well as USC STEM students!
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Our Team

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Eva Olivares
Program Coordinator
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Mahita Samant
ET Student Assistant
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Andrew Peña
ET Student Assistant
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Niharika Sashidhar
ET Student Assistant

Our Partners

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We are grateful for

the support of the Branca family, whose generous gift supported the initial pilot of this program.

Published on May 1st, 2024

Last updated on May 15th, 2024