UCLA Engineering Launches Free, Immersive High School Math Success Program


UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science announced on Tuesday the launch of the Math Success Program (MAP), which aims to provide a strong STEM program to underserved high school students in the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD).

Students building a bridge from DOTS and toothpicks as part of their STEM activities

Free for admitted students, MAP will also provide free transportation, meals, and school supplies to students visiting the UCLA campus on weekends for advanced math classes and hands-on science, technology, engineering activities. and mathematics.

This program was made possible through the generous and initial support of the Eugene and Marilyn Stein Family Foundation. Eugene Stein ’68 is a longtime member of UCLA Dean Samueli’s Executive Council. Raytheon Intelligence & Space is MAP’s first corporate sponsor, committing to the program for five years. Other funding came from Amazon and Northrop Grumman Corporation. UCLA Samueli Center of Excellence in Engineering and Diversity is spearheading the program as part of its ongoing commitment to creating a more sustainable, quality STEM curriculum for K-12 students.

“Through MAP, we are proud to offer a rigorous math and engineering curriculum to students who would not otherwise have access to such opportunities and, in turn, to pave the way for a more accessible and accessible STEM education. inclusive,” said UCLA associate dean Samueli. Veronica Santos for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion and Faculty Affairs.

Working with LAUSD administrators, counselors and teachers, UCLA Samueli trained the inaugural class of nearly 40 ninth- and tenth-graders who show an interest in STEM courses but lack the resources to further develop their skills to succeed in higher-level math and science courses. . The two cohorts of the pilot program – the ninth and 10th grade classes, respectively – will meet three Saturdays a month from October to May, with the first class taking place on October 8. Students will attend morning math classes and participate in a variety of afternoon programming, which includes hands-on projects led by student organizations and UCLA Samueli faculty, as well as lab tours. , field trips and panel discussions with industry collaborators – many of whom are UCLA alumni.

“At UCLA Samueli, we believe that an equitable STEM education lays the foundation for long-term success, and early exposure is essential to ensure talented students are prepared for their future college careers,” said Veronica Santos, Dean UCLA Samueli Associate for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion and Faculty Affairs. “Through MAP, we are proud to offer a rigorous math and engineering curriculum to students who would not otherwise have access to such opportunities and, in turn, to pave the way for a more accessible STEM education. and inclusive.”

First Day Math Success Program
Some of the MAP students pictured outside the UCLA engineering buildings on their first day of classes

MAP aims to help students achieve a level of mastery in their current math courses, improve students’ confidence in their skills by working on immersive projects with real-world applications, encourage students to see themselves in a STEM careers and provide them with practical tools to be proficient in math and science.

The program is designed to support selected ninth grade students for four continuous academic years, with the first three years focused on building math skills and working on practical projects, while the final year aims to help students prepare to apply to college. .

“We are grateful for the support of our industry collaborators for this important initiative,” said Bruce Dunn, acting dean of UCLA Samueli. “Working together, we hope this program will unlock the potential of many bright Los Angeles high school students who want to pursue careers in engineering or computer science.”

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