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.

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. USC MESA serves over 1600 students in over 30 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 over 300 students at 9 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 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 is a new program of STEM-EOP that will serve about 400 students in over 15 schools.

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  • The STEM Center for Innovation and Excellence (SCIE) initially began as a STEM Entrepreneurship pilot program,  sponsored by AT&T Aspire, which aimed to build self-efficacy in at-risk high school students through authentic, entrepreneurial experiences in STEM. Through the Entrepreneurial Community Coding Initiative (ECCI) students work in teams to learn coding. In the STEM Maker Academy (SMA) students design, build and program devices. SCIE now also includes the STEM Impact Project (SIP) which help SCIE schools develop innovative and excellent approaches to STEM education.  Through interaction with STEM college students, faculty and professionals, students gain a unique insight into STEM careers.

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  • 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 28th

    Where: USC Campus

     

  • STEM Education Homeless Initiative

    Who: Homeless students from local shelters

    What: Students learned about electronics and electrical engineering in workshops

    When: September 23rd and October 21st

    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 10, 2018

    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: May 5, 2018

    Where: USC Campus

Community Events

 

  • STEM Education Homeless Initiative

    Who: Homeless students living in shelters

    What: STEM activities will be offered at local shelters

    When: Saturdays in the Fall

    Where: Around the Los Angeles area

    Needed: Volunteers to visit shelters and lead workshops

  • STEM Certificate for Students with Disabilities

    (coming soon)

Summer Programs

 

  • 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.

  • Careers in STEM

    A week long workshop series in which middle and high school students learn about 15 different areas of STEM from USC faculty, USC students and industry professionals.