Parents' Page


Welcome to the USC Viterbi K-12 STEM Center Parents' Page for STEM at home. Please see below and also our Resources Page for free online STEM resources.

We Still STEM

Recent activities with the K-12 STEM Center

  • Virtual Catalina MESA Trip

  • Northrup Grumman Summer Engineering Camp #1

  • Northrup Grumman Summer Engineering Camp #1

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

Conversation with Prof. Gigi Ragusa

Make a Molecule with USC Prof. Shaama Sharada
For High School Students

Make a Molecule

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 

USC Viterbi School of Engineering

ByUSC Viterbi K-12 STEM Center Staff
Tuesday, March 24, 2020  5:30-6:30 pm