STEM Educational Outreach Programs

USC Viterbi STEM Educational Outreach Programs (STEM-EOP) is a program of the University of Southern California’s Viterbi School of Engineering whose mission is to increase the number of educationally disadvantaged and underrepresented K-12 students who matriculate to four-year universities and graduate with degrees in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).

STEM-EOP engages the university and underserved communities throughout Southern California by serving historically and educationally disadvantaged K-12 students to promote student learning through a pipeline of elementary schools through high schools leading to enrollment in four-year colleges and universities and majors in STEM fields.

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School Based Programs

USC MESA is a program of the University of Southern California (under contract with the University of California) that serves educationally disadvantaged middle and high school STEM students by providing a pipeline of academic services, STEM competitions and leadership opportunities. USC MESA serves over 1600 students in over 32 schools and has been a part of USC Viterbi for nearly 40 years.

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Mission Science is a hands-on, minds-on, school-based STEM program where elementary and middle school students become “tinkerers and makers” while learning STEM concepts in an informal atmosphere. Mission Science serves about 500 students at 17 schools and has been a part of USC Viterbi for over 20 years. Mission Science is funded through a grant from the USC Good Neighbors Program.

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Viterbi STEM Schools Partnership is a collaboration between nine K-12 schools and USC Viterbi STEM Educational Outreach Programs that offers students expanded opportunities for authentic STEM experiences through school-based, student-led STEM clubs. Viterbi STEM Schools Partnership also offers teacher professional development workshops and school-wide STEM activities.

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The STEM Network of Schools (SENS) will connects schools that are not part of MESA, Mission Science or the Viterbi STEM Schools Partnership with resources and opportunities to enable schools to develop innovative and excellent approaches to STEM education. SENS helps schools develop a STEM culture through interaction with other STEM education stakeholders. Resources and opportunities include working with Viterbi student organizations and student volunteers, participating in faculty grant proposals and gaining access to STEM-EOP curricula.

Campus Activities

College and Career Day

Who: 1100 MESA middle and high school students from all over Southern California

What: Students participated in college and career workshops, meet college representatives from all over the US, engage with exhibits from STEM companies and learn STEM through hands-on activities.

When: October 20th, 2018

Where: USC Campus

Pre-MESA Day

Who: 700 MESA middle and high school students from local schools

What: Students will compete in STEM actvities

When: March 13, 2019

Where: USC Campus

Viterbi Annual Robotics Invitational

Who: 300 middle and high school students from all over Southern California

What: Students compete in a robotics competition

When: April 27, 2019

Where: USC Campus


Campus Activities

Mission Engineering

A 2 week seminar in which high school students work on different aspects of engineering projects from design to completion covering aerospace, biomedical, chemical, civil, computer science and mechanical engineering disciplines.

Discover Engineering

A 4-week, 3-unit college course in which students work in groups to complete projects that explore different fields of engineering.

Summer Engineering Camp 

Northrop Grumman Summer Engineering Camp @USC is a two week camp in which students explore aerospace, electrical, civil and mechanical engineering with hands-on activities such as rockets, circuits, bridges, and robots.

Energy of STEM

Energy of STEM is a six-day learning adventure filled with hands-on activities in every workshop. Educationally disadvantaged children in grades 4-12 will work in small groups within each workshop to study Aerodynamics, Physics, Coding, Energy, Electronics, and much more in an interactive hands-on environment. Workshops are led by industry professionals and educators who work in the areas of science, mathematics and engineering. 

Project Payload

In this week-long technology day camp, middle school girls from under-served communities will participate in technology mentorship and app development with industry experts, USC students and staff to increase their education in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). 

Techie Coding Camp

Students will take a deep dive into subject matter focused on programming through the creation of mobile apps and 3D video games and interactive stories using Unity.