USC Viterbi STEM Educational Outreach Program
The USC Viterbi STEM Educational Outreach Programs (STEM-EOP) is a program at the USC Viterbi School of Engineering whose mission is to increase the number of educationally disadvantaged and historically underrepresented K-12 students to matriculate to four-year universities and graduate with degrees in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). STEM-EOP engages K-12 students throughout Southern California in authentic STEM experiences through hands-on, problem-based learning projects, experiments and activities as well as interactions with STEM professionals, STEM faculty and STEM near peer mentors. STEM-EOP also offers teacher professional development in STEM. In addition, STEM-EOP collaborates other USC departments and outside organizations to enhance STEM education across the greater Los Angeles area.
As part of its in the classroom effort, STEM-EOP would like to host a teacher STEM professional development Spring workshop and Summer institute called the STEM Impact Project (SIP).
The spring workshop will offer an in depth analysis of the Next Generation Science Standards and Common Core Math Standards. Teachers will learn how to apply the new standards which will focus on critical thinking, problem solving and the engineering design problem (the old standards primarily focused on acquiring content knowledge and standardized testing).
The Summer Institute will be a two-Day Summer Institute, led by master teacher leaders selected and trained by STEM-EOP staff , followed by quarterly check-ins during the school year, during which teacher participants share their practice experiences and problem-solve instructional implementation gaps together. The effectiveness and impact of the program will be measured through self-reported survey data on participant satisfaction, teacher leader experience, as well as the implementation of learned strategies. The quarterly check-ins will serve as a time to look more closely at the implementation of new instructional practices through peer observations and feedback loops to inform next steps.
As part of its out of school effort, STEM-EOP would like to hold a two-week commuter summer engineering program called Mission Engineering. In Mission Engineering, educational disadvantaged high school students will work on different aspects of themed-based engineering projects from design to completion covering aerospace, biomedical, chemical, civil, computer science and mechanical engineering disciplines. Students will work in teams using the engineering design process and fast prototyping to generate ideas, refine designs and produce working models. They will then present their projects on at the end of the second week afternoon. Every student must be a part of the design, construction and testing of each project as well as the presentation
We are hoping to raise $8,000 in support of both our Spring Workshop and our Summer Institute Programs.
For SIP, we are fundraising for materials, food and small stipends for the teachers. With the funds raised for SIP, we will be able to offer quality STEM support for the 60 - 80 teachers we work with in our programs.
For Mission Engineering we are fundraising for project supplies and lunch (10 days) for the students. With the funds raised, we will be able to offer 32 educational disadvantaged students an authentic summer engineering experience on par with programs offered to more affluent students.
Only with your support will we be able to provide these young students with the opportunities to pursue an education and career in STEM related fields. Your gift will make an enormous impact on the lives of these students, who will one one day go on to make impactful changes in our community, our city, our state, and even in our world thanks to the opportunity you helped to provide them.
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