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#EngX 2018

Who and What: Our event is focused on showing and demonstrating – not just telling – why we love engineering to middle and high school students (5th – 12th grade).  To name a few, activities on virtual reality, lasers, robotics, and cell-phone microscopes are planned.  In addition to USC researchers and students, members of the engineering community from around Los Angeles are joining us and bringing a piece of the office with them.  This year, members of USC’s ICT and JPL are also joining in the fun and bringing a lot of cutting edge tech for all of us to explore!

When: The event will go from 9:00am – 4pm on February 24th.  However, given the hands-on nature of many of the activities, we are limiting the number of students who can start at any given time.  Therefore, we are asking for students (or their parents) to register in advance for specific time slots or windows.  Based on the number of activities planned, we anticipate that it will take a student approximately 2.5-3.5 hours to complete everything.  However, students can stay longer. Therefore, the last registration slot is 2pm.

Additional Event for parents: In addition to EngX, we have also coordinated a free information session for parents. This session is from 10-11:30am in Ronald Tutor Hall (RTH) 105. Darin Gray, Director of STEM Outreach Programs at USC Viterbi, will discuss careers in engineering, the college application process in general, and USC Viterbi, specifically. This event is free, and no registration is necessary. An English to Spanish translator will be present.

Registration: Registration is free and is being coordinated through Eventbrite.

Please note that registration and attendance for all events is free.  If you would like to support the event, please see this page. All donations will either be used to support the cost of future events or feed the volunteers.

If you want to bring a large group, please email Andrea Armani directly to coordinate (email:

Where: The event is occurring at the University of Southern California, in the Epstein Family Plaza (also called the Engineering Quad).  The closest parking structure is Downey Way Parking Structure (PSA).  Links for: transportation directions and a campus map.

Please share this event with your friends!

Volunteering: Interested in volunteering or supporting the event? Wonderful! More information is here.

Image Release form: If you are bringing a group of students, it would be very helpful if you could collect signed USC-Image-Release Forms from the parents in advance. All photos on this website are possible because signed forms were obtained at previous events. There are no repercussions for not signing the form.

Questions/concerns: If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the event organizer: Prof. Andrea Armani, email:


We hope to see you there!


History of the event: The first large outreach event organized by the Armani Lab was called Lasers 4 Ladies Event. It was held on Saturday, October 10, 2015.  This event was inspired by the United Nations, who designated 2015 as the  International Year of Light. It was focused on middle and high school girls, and several hundred girls from the LA area attended. Initially, we planned on only holding one event. But after the event’s success, we decided to organize follow-up events, and align the date with Engineering Week. Similarly, the scope of the event was expanded.

Can’t come this year? To be alerted as soon as EngX 2019 is planned, please sign up on the mailing list.  Thanks!