The K-12 STEM Center follows all University guidelines for protecting students, families, teachers, and staff during the COVID-19 pandemic: no events on or off campus, and staff are working remotely.
STEM Perspectives is a USC student-led 6-8 week program that provides high school students with the opportunity to explore different “perspectives” in STEM not usually taught in their classrooms. Outside of the subject taught, the program features guest speakers who expose students to other STEM-related fields and careers. The leadership, team work, communication, and research skills taught in this program help students apply these skills to formulate a better plan for their future goals and careers.
“Some aspects that were valuable was the final project that allowed me to explore more about the brain because everyone had a different research topic.”
“Learning about specific parts of the brain and what they're called/what they do was very valuable to me.”
“I found the final project the most useful because I learned how to read and understand research papers.”
The program was piloted in Fall of 2020 and caters to the online environment imposed by the current pandemic by using Canvas and Zoom as the main platform for communication.
Students attend weekly sessions and complete projects that teach them skills in scientific research and public speaking.
This program provides the unique opportunity for close mentorship among USC Neuroscience student instructors and collaboration among students.
Students gain access to various guest speaker presentations with different backgrounds in STEM related fields.
- The fall program focused on Neuroscience and neuroscientific research.
- Over 25 students from high schools across LAUSD gained an understanding of the nervous system, and applied this knowledge to learning about neurological disorders.
- At the end of the program, they all created presentations on published peer-reviewed research papers.
- Presentations had a broad focus on neuroscience and the brain, ranging from artificial intelligence to social neuroscience.