Mission Science

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 Mission Science. 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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What we offer

The Mission Science Program (MSP) is an afterschool STEM program for 3rd-5th grade students at elementary schools within the USC neighborhoods. The program involves USC students majoring in STEM facilitating hands-on, inquiry-based science and engineering activities to local youth once a week, with the support and guidance of a teacher liaison.

Poster Background

Cost: Free

Dates: Annually from September through May

Who: Elementary school (3rd, 4th, and 5th graders)

School-based; reach out to the Mission Science Program Manager for inquiries.

Program Goals

Increase USC STEM student facilitators' knowledge and skills in youth mentoring, positive youth-development, communication and public speaking, and project coordination.

Increase our liaison teachers’ valuing of STEM education and their motivation to incorporate STEM into their own teaching as they witness the growth in their students through Mission Science first-hand.

Increase elementary students’ interest in STEM, increase their motivation to pursue STEM outside of the program, increase their confidence in their ability to succeed in STEM, improve their understanding of how STEM impacts society, build their STEM identity, and diversify their perspective of what a scientist/engineer looks like and does.

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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Published on May 1st, 2024

Last updated on June 13th, 2024