Thank you for participating in our efforts to provide students, teachers and parents with high quality online STEM events and in response to COVID-19. You can continue to use our virtual event recordings linked below and Resources Page for more STEM resources. See what we are up to now on our Events Page and Instagram!
STEM At Home
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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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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Past Virtual Events
Conversation with Prof. Gigi Ragusa, Education Expert For Parents
By: Gisele Ragusa, Ph.D., Professor of Engineering Practice, Division of Engineering Education
Thursday, March 26, 2020 5:30-6:30 pm Click here for the event recording.
Make a Molecule with USC Prof. Shaama Sharada
For High School Students
By: Prof. Shaama Sharada, Assistant Professor, Mork Family
Thursday, March 26, 2020 3:30-4:30 pm
Click here to download the free software & PDF used during the event.
Click here for the event recording.
Listening Session with USC Viterbi Parents
By: USC Viterbi K-12 STEM Center Staff
Tuesday, March 24, 2020 5:30-6:30 pm