Hack SC Jr. is a USC student-led organization that hosts a hackathon each year designed specifically for students grades 4-12. March 31st is the date for this year’s hackathon, which is themed “Life Hacks 2.0” at the USC campus from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.; applications close on March 14th.

Receiving a gift is always nice, but getting one that is fun, inspiring, and focused on your passion is even better. USC Viterbi first-year student Glory Kanes gave a copy of the new Girls Who Code books to each of the high school students at the Girls Academic Leadership Academy (GALA) she had met when volunteering at VAST’s Code Dojo … Read More

If you ever feel like being amazed by the innovative capacity of young people, give a room full of high school girls an hour, an iPad, and a basic coding platform. On Monday, December 4th, 35 students from Girls Academic Leadership Academy (GALA) in Los Angeles and St. Mary’s Academy in Inglewood gathered together at the Viterbi School of Engineering … Read More

There’s something about alumni of USC Viterbi School of Engineering – they are eager to come back to campus and support today’s students in their college and career pathways. But Uday Ghatikar, who obtained his Masters in Computer Science from USC Viterbi before his teenage children were born, came back to campus last week to encourage students at Western Elementary STEM … Read More

“Organ on a chip” is a cutting-edge technique for testing new drugs when they are still in their most experimental phase, before animal tests and before clinical tests with humans. Professor Megan McCain regularly explains her research at Orthopaedic Medical Magnet School. On this day, she spoke with the 10th grade class, all studying personalized medicine. McCain and her crew … Read More

Manufacturing focuses on making things, while educators tend to emphasize making opportunities, and the two outcomes occurred simultaenously this month at the USC Viterbi STEM Spotlight on the Center for Advanced Manufacturing (CAM) on National Manufacturing Day, October 6, 2017. Coming all the way from Desert Junior-Senior High School near Edwards Air Base and also from Lynwood, California, two ambitious … Read More

Nineteen teachers came to USC this summer in the ACCESS 4 Teachers Research Experience for Teachers (RET) program, led by Professors Gisele Ragusa and Maja Matarić and sponsored by the National Science Foundation and the Boeing Foundation. Immersed in labs throughout the engineering spectrum, from biomedical engineering to computer science, these teachers devoted themselves fulltime for five weeks to cutting-edge … Read More

Last Friday was the fourth weekly SHINE cohort lunch in which SHINE students take time out of their busy lab schedules to eat lunch together and engage in stimulating activities. Past cohort lunches have featured an engineering design challenge in which SHINE students and their Summer Undergraduate Research in Engineering (SURE) mentors teamed up to build a box out of … Read More

Dr. Keyue Shen, USC Viterbi School of Engineering Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering, is already introducing biotech to high school students at the STEM Academy of Boyle Heights. Eager to help students understand how their courses in biology, math, and physics can lead them to help society, as does his own research in fighting cancer, Dr. Shen has joined with … Read More

Hundreds of families, locals, and other health-interested people gathered at East Los Angeles College (ELAC) on a sunny, Saturday afternoon in hopes of receiving free health information and learning how biotech is quickly creating new job opportunities. In an effort to promote these topics, I helped represent USC at this Univision-sponsored health fair. Those who stopped by our USC booth … Read More