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We Still STEM

Recent at-home activities and events with the K-12 STEM Center

2021-2022 Parent and Family Sessions / Padres y Familias

STEM at Home

Make a Molecule (HS)

By: Prof. Shaama Sharada, Assistant Professor, Mork Family

Click here to download the free software & PDF used during the event.

Foil Boat Challenge                        

How do boats float? In this video, learn about density, the engineering design process, and how to design a boat that floats! Join Maria in doing the Foil Boat Design Challenge at home.

Extracting DNA from Cheek Cells

Did you know April 25th is DNA Day? Join Rojan and try this simple at-home activity, extracting DNA from your own cheek cells!

Rod's Garage Series

Welcome to Rod's Garage! Join USC Viterbi Department of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering staff member Rod Yates in building an electric telegraph with household items in this video tutorial.

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2020 STEM at Home Photo Gallery

  • Virtual Catalina MESA Trip

  • Northrup Grumman Summer Engineering Camp #1

  • Northrup Grumman Summer Engineering Camp #1

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Past Virtual Events

Emotional Intelligence for Robots by Ph.D. student Zhonghao Shi


In this presentation, Shi discussed how robots model and perceive emotions and social behaviors using different modalities such as video, audio and text. Click here for the event recording.

Encouraging Babies to Kick with Socially Assistive Robots by Ph.D. student Lauren Klein


Practicing their motor skills at an early age is important to infants’ development. Lauren Klein discussed a robotic companion that encourages infants to kick more often by rewarding their kicking behavior. Click here for the event recording.

Robot Simulators: Virtual Worlds Where Robots Safely Practice Their Skills by Ph. D. student David Millard


Millard discussed how physics simulators are used in robotic engineering, and also about new techniques using simulators to help robots teach themselves about the real world. Click here for the event recording.

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Published on March 20th, 2020

Last updated on October 10th, 2022