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This middle school program is offered in 2 pathways: Project Payload and Zero Robotics. Both programs focus on aerospace engineering, emphasizing satellites, coding, and programming. 

Project Payload

Zero Robotics

Project Payload is a two-week summer camp at USC. Students will design, build, and launch a rocket and high-altitude weather balloon at STARBASE Los Alamitos.

Students will use the scientific method and engineering design process to experiment and gather data on their payload.

Zero Robotics is a 6-week summer camp at USC.
Students participate in a robotics programming competition with ASTROBEE satellites inside the International Space Station (ISS). Students will learn how to code ASTROBEE and program the satellites' speed, rotation, and direction of travel to complete competition objectives.

Project Payload Program

In alignment with USC's commitment to access and opportunity, the K12 STEM Center is committed to inclusion, diversity, equity, and access (IDEA) in the STEM fields.

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 Project Payload. 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.


Part 1: Student Application 

Cost: Free

Date: July 15 to July 26, 2024

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Location: Week-1: USC Main Campus Week-2: STARBASE Los Alamitos (transportation is provided)

Who: Middle school (rising 6th, 7th, and 8th graders)

APPLICATION DEADLINE 
April 30, 2024

Part 2: Teacher Recommendation 

Note: Middle School Students that are applying for Summer Engineering Camp & Project Payload are automatically considered for Energy of STEM as their second backup option. 

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Sponsors

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Partnership

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Sponsored by Jordan Noone ’14, Jenna Bryant, Embedded Ventures and Central Intelligence Agency, United States of America

Zero Robotics

In alignment with USC's commitment to access and opportunity, the K12 STEM Center is committed to inclusion, diversity, equity, and access (IDEA) in the STEM fields.

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 Project Payload. 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.

Cost: Free

Date: June 24 to August 22, 2024

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Location: Week-1 -3,6: USC Main Campus Week-5: STARBASE Los Alamitos (transportation is provided)

APPLICATION DEADLINE 
April 30, 2024

Mentorship

Our mentorship program is designed for returning Project Payload and Zero Robotics alumni as camp counselors. The goal of this program is to build confidence, cultivate a welcoming environment, and build stronger relationships among the campers and staff. Mentors and mentees will be able to engage in enriching activities and grow together through their experience in the program.

Here's what to expect from our mentorship program:

  1. Personalized matches: we carefully pair mentees with mentors based on their goals, interests, and backgrounds, ensuring that each mentoring relationship is tailored to meet the specific needs of both parties.
  2. Skills development: Through weekly meetings, workshops, and resources, mentees have the opportunity to enhance their skills, broaden their perspectives, and gain practical knowledge that will empower them to succeed in their personal and professional endeavors.
  3. Continuous Support: Mentorship is an ongoing journey, and we're committed to supporting our participants every step of the way. Whether you're just starting out or facing new challenges, our program provides continuous support and guidance to help you thrive and achieve your goals.
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Published on January 25th, 2024

Last updated on February 21st, 2024