2022 Grants Challenge

Operation STEM Impacts Our Communities Future

Our kids deserve high quality STEM Programs to compete for college admissions and jobs. Today, a college engineering student gives life to our South Central neighborhoods with their yearning for higher education in non traditional fields of study.


What is the primary issue area that your application will impact?

K-12 STEAM Education

In which areas of Los Angeles will you be directly working?

South LA

In what stage of innovation is this project, program, or initiative?

Expand existing project, program, or initiative

What is your understanding of the issue that you are seeking to address?

The issue we are seeking to address is the lack of minority students in the fields of Science and Technology. We are seeking support to enable our school to move progressively towards Science and Technological programs that will give them the edge to develop the passion needed in understanding the many issues they will encounter in the future; such as global warming, solar energy, robotics, and engineering. It is our goal not to overlook any scientist, engineer, or any software designer in our midst simple because there is no funding!

Describe the project, program, or initiative this grant will support to address the issue.

As our school continues to recognize the shortage of engineers and technology college students in the minority community, we are striving to provide programs that motivate and encourage students to pursue careers in STEM fields. Currently, we are completing a 5 year collaboration with the USC Viterbi School of Engineering. The middle school students receive monthly lessons provided by graduate USC students; while the primary also participate in the BOTS program.

Describe how Los Angeles County will be different if your work is successful.

Our vision for the STEM program is three fold; first we want to enhance our Science program focusing on STEM curriculum, secondly, students will discover and develop a love for engineering and technology, and finally, our graduates will pursue college and career goals in STEM fields.

What evidence do you have that this project, program, or initiative is or will be successful, and how will you define and measure success?

Our existing STEM curriculum has improved student Math scores across grade levels, and students are motivated while experiencing STEM activities.

Approximately how many people will be impacted by this project, program, or initiative?

Direct Impact: 350

Indirect Impact: 450