CUSD students attended a STEM Spotlight event on the University of Southern California's campus hosted by USC's Viterbi School of Engineering through their program called VAST. VAST which stands for Viterbi Adopt-a-School Adopt-a-Teacher, is a part of Viterbi's outreach efforts to bring innovative STEM projects, programs and professional development to PreK-12 school and teachers, using research-based results to improve the college and career pathways of underrepresented minorities in high needs, at-risk schools.
Students spend 75 percent of their time during school learning about Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics but never really get an idea of where all that learning can lead them. So the point of the STEM Spotlights was to have students meet young professors and research students who have taken that sort of in class knowledge to the next level and are in many ways changing and shaping the world in which we live.
About 265 students from Compton Unified School District's Enterprise Middle School, Willowbrook Middle School, and Whaley Middle school took part in the USC's STEM Spotlight.