There are many ways that faculty can participate directly in K-12 STEM outreach to achieve the BROADER IMPACTS goals of their projects. Please call Dr. Katie Mills, VAST Administrator, for help finding K-12 school partnerships and developing the innovative, "out-of-box" programs that federal funders want. The VAST office has a wide variety of solutions for NSF Early Career applicants and other proposals and will help faculty collaborate with the best partners, advise on assessment, and provide Letters of Support.


See examples: hosting lab tours with partner schools, faculty teaming up with principals,speaking at a school, joining a school's advisory board

  • Participate in the USC Viterbi STEM Spotlight.
  • Create videos of your students performing experiments in a lab course.
  • Write up your outreach experience and submit to Viterbi for their website news.
  • Instructional materials can be published under a USC Creative Commons license. See CC licensing for more information.

In the Community

  • Team up with the California Science Center or other science-related center on a K-12 activity.
  • Partner with Iridescent Learning, a local, science-education nonprofit organization that helps engineers, scientists and high-tech professionals bring cutting edge science, technology and engineering to high school girls, and underprivileged minority children and their families.
  • Assist local robotics teams and competitions.
    • LARobotics (formerly Southern California Regional Robotics Forum)
    • FIRST. David Berggren, SoCal Regional Director (

Contact for Engineers as Teachers: Luz Rivas,
532 West 22nd Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007·

At K-12 Schools in LA -- contact VAST

  • Go to a local middle school and give a talk (with videos, ideally) about your work
  • Send your PhD students to a local middle school to present your lab's work (with visuals).
  • Give a ‘Science Careers’ talk – Most students have no idea how many different and exciting engineering careers there are! Contact Dr. Katie Mills in VAST to connect with a school
  • Serve as a judge (or ask your students to serve as a judge) for a local science fair. This is a constant request from schools.
Bravo-USC Science and Engineering Fair
(Annually, in February)
Ms. Millicent Dypiangco, Science Fair Co-Coordinator
Bravo Medical Magnet High School
1200 N. Cornwell Street, Los Angeles, CA 90033
Phone: 323-227-4413
Orthopaedic HMMHS Science Fair
(Annually, in June)
Jennifer Tsui, Magnet Coordinator
Orthopaedic Hospital Medical Magnet High School
300 West 23rd Street, Los Angeles, CA 90015
Phone: 213-765-2088 ext 2027

Published on March 23rd, 2017

Last updated on April 24th, 2020