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VAST: Viterbi Adopt-a-School Adopt-a-Teacher

The USC Viterbi School of Engineering brings innovative STEM projects, programs, and professional develpment to PreK-12 schools and teachers in Southern California through VAST -- Viterbi Adopt-a-School, Adopt-a-Teacher -- using research-based results to improve the college and career pathways of under-represented minorities in high needs, at-risk schools. We mentor PreK-12 teachers and students on campus through first-hand experience with USC Viterbi faculty research; design and implement research-based interventions that contribute to academic and policy leadership in STEM ed, supporting the Grand Challenges of the National Academy of Engineering; and create custom multi-year partnerships with schools to share the broader impacts of USC faculty research and develop PreK-12 STEM ed experiences for USC Viterbi Ph.D. students. Our goal is to inspire the younger generations and their teachers through the creativity and social benefits of science, technology, engineering, and math, and to serve the nation's need for a diverse, STEM-ready workforce.

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Learn more about VAST’s Statement of Priority on Diversity and Inclusiveness in K-12 Outreach