Pipeline and School Partnership Programs

Welcome to Pipeline Programs!


Charles R. Drew University of medicine and Science provides unique academic programs to expand the educational capacity of underrepresented youth to ensure their long-term success, health, and well-being. CDU currently offers Pre-K to 12th grade student’s pathway to careers in medicine, science, research and health through our various pipeline programs which include, Saturday Science Academy II, Opportunity Scholars Public Health Academy, CDU MedSimulations, Los Angeles Pediatric Society (LAPS) and CDU Mobile STEM labs. All of the programs encourage students to become dedicated leaders in their field who strive to address social injustice, health inequities and disparities in underserved communities. CDU’s pipeline programs provide mentorship and inspirational experiences that form a foundation for minority youth to succeed and strengthen their academic skills.

CDU’s Pipeline Programs have been preparing underrepresented PK-12th-grade students for careers in Science and health care through an engaging curriculum and hands-on STEMM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) activities for over 25 years. Programs are held on the campus of Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science and in various communities of South Los Angeles.

CDU’s various Pipeline Programs strengthen the academic skills of underrepresented through fun and engaging hands-on STEM learning experiences. The curriculum, aligned with California’s Common Core Math and Next Generation Science Standards, deepens and sustains student interest in science and health education. Students are introduced to human anatomy, physiology, math, engineering, physical science, plant life, mental health, public health and marine biology in learning intensive programs. This broad offering motivates students toward a STEM-education and career.

Upcoming Events

Saturday Science Academy II Plant Life and Marine Biology Session

Should you only pay, if you are a newly registered or returning student. The payment deadline for Saturday Science Academy II Winter Registration is during Week 1 of programming on Saturday, February 1st at 12pm. We thank you for your continued support!

Date: Saturday, February 1st

Location: 1731 E. 120th Street Los Angeles, CA 90059

Family Day 2020

SSA II students and their families are invited to attend this free event on CDU’s campus! Learn more about marine biology and plant life with fun, hands-on activities for all ages!

Date: Saturday, February 29, 2020

Time: 9:00am – 12:30pm

Location: 1731 E. 120th Street Los Angeles, CA 90059

Register Here

Science Day 2020

CDU Science Day is an annual day of explorations in medicine and science for more than 250 elementary, middle and high school youth, hosted each summer on the campus of Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science in the Watts-Willowbrook community of South Los Angeles. With STEMM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math and Medicine) as the foundation, CDU Science Day features multiple age and grade-level appropriate fun learning labs. At each lab, students engage in instructional and kinesthetic activities designed to increase their knowledge of 1) scientific principles and the fields of mental health, public health, and medicine, 2) the science behind a variety of medical procedures and specialties and, 3) health care professions. This event is open to the community.
Date: Saturday, May 30, 2020
Time: 8:30am – 3:00pm
Location: 1731 E. 120th Street Los Angeles, CA 90059
RSVP Link coming soon!


Saturday Science Academy II exposes Pre-k through 12th grade students to fun and engaging science material in an effort to motivate them to move into health care fields after graduating high school. The program deepens and sustains student interest in science, health education and establishes a pathway through college and into health professions. Students are introduced to various concepts in human anatomy and physiology, math, biomedical engineering, physical science, plant life and marine biology, each in an 8-week academically rich learning intense program phase. Each phase is designed to introduce students to broad and in-depth subject area content thereby increasing their knowledge. Within this programmatic framework, complimentary program activities are employed to maximize student learning outcomes and engage parents/caregivers.

During the summer, a 4-week mathematics program is provided to encourage reinforcement and retention of academic knowledge and skills gained throughout the academic year. SSA II also includes a College Readiness component, SAT preparation, Critical Thinking course, Parent workshops and field trips to supplement classroom learning with real world experiences. SSA II places a heavy emphasis on work ethics that are applicable to school and are important for joining the work force, their future educational goals, the health care industry and working with the community.

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CDU MedSimulations prepares High School Students for the rigors of post-secondary education, exposes them to real life medical simulations, clinical skills and encourages them to pursue higher education with a focus in science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and/or medical (STEM) professions. The program fosters the critical thinking, problem solving, communication, and teamwork skills necessary for success in future educational/career pathways. CDU’s MedSimulations aims to provide underserved, under-resourced high school students of color with medical simulations training and clinical skills education. The main program goals are to: Deepen and sustain student interest in science and the medical field, Expand student interest in health education, Establish college pathways to health professions.

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Opportunity Scholars Public Health Academy (PHA) is an enrichment program in which High School Students interested in improving community health through public health professions develop skills to prepare them for higher education and build networks within health professions. 10th-12th grade students accepted into this program participate in educationally enriching experiences that includes a paid 4-week summer program, internship, mentorship, tutoring, mental health course curriculum, SAT Preparation and college preparation courses.

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CDU Mobile STEM labs (CMSL) provides elementary grade students with access to a quality STEM program focused on inspiring the next generation of South Los Angeles Scientists.  This program encourages students to enter the health care field and is aimed towards eliminating disparities in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics curriculum. Additionally, the standards-based learning laboratories enhance opportunities of disadvantaged students to excel in their academic achievements.  The overarching goal of the program is to increase the number of minority youth who successfully complete college in the STEM fields.

To apply:

  • Call our office at 323-563-5800