The STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) Program at Mar Vista Family Center (MVFC) is focused on helping students to find their passions through exposure to the four STEM disciplines. We believe in helping students to understand more about themselves through access to knowledge not necessarily taught at their educational institutions. We seek to instill a core skill-set of logical, analytical, and critical thinking through the exercise of creativity and to convey the idea that STEM is found in the rudiments of virtually everything around us in our lives.

Certificate Program

The MVFC STEM Certificate Program is comprised of four courses, each focused on a discipline within STEM. Each course spans five weeks within a particular STEM field. Students meet once a week for 90 minutes to discuss and build projects that engage them interactively to better understand and integrate each field. At the end of each five-week course, students are asked to create their own projects incorporating the knowledge they’ve accrued throughout the course. At the end of the four courses, they are required to build a final project of their choice to demonstrate their mastery of the program material.

What You’ll Get Out of This Program

  • Students explore potential careers within STEM, helping many discover what they love to do.
  • The experience provides a firm grasp of the role of STEM in innovations relevant to students and their lives.
  • The Program bridges STEM curricula and their applications, helping frame what they learn in school vis-a-vis attainable career options.
  • The approach encourages students to overcome their fears about succeeding in a STEM field.
  • The Program exposes students to ground-up development of a project and to large scale works within STEM.
  • The Program favors construction over instruction – with an emphasis on learning through hands-on activities and experimentation versus the lecture-style approach.
  • The “fun” atmosphere encourages students to express themselves and unleash their creative energies.
    The team environment teaches students the skill of working in collaboration with others.

People You’ll Work With

We have a community of professionals who are here to show you the way:

Niall Murphy, Ph.D.
Professor, UCLA

Kirsten A. Turlo, Ph.D.
Ph.D. in Molecular Biology

Haemi Noh, B.S.
Graduate Student

Satoshi Suga, B.S.
Electrical and Systems Engineer