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Overview

After taking the initial steps for implementation, there are key pieces which can help your school implement the C-STEM Program.

  • C-STEM School Annual Subscription
  • Professional Development
  • Student Textbooks
  • Software
  • Robotics Equipment
  • 3D Printing Technology

To help you identify which pieces you will need for individual courses,  please see our Course Materials flyer.

For more details on pricing, please see our Implementation Brochure.

 

 

Benefits of C-STEM School Annual Subscription

for a PDF version of our subscription benefits please click here

Subscribing as a C-STEM school, you become a true partner in working with the entire C-STEM team and community on integrated computing and STEM education. The C-STEM Math-ICT curriculum provides K-12 students with 12 years of integrated math education with hands-on computing and robotics. The rigorous C-STEM program integrates innovative technology and pedagogy to help close the math achievement gap and provide all students with the skills needed to succeed in college and industry. Subscription includes the following benefits for an unlimited number of teachers, students, courses, and sections in both the academic year and summer programs:

  • C-STEM Program:
    • Fully participate in C-STEM which is a UC Approved Educational Preparation Program for Undergraduate Admission for both K-12 and Community College students to all UC campuses.
    • C-STEM program has UCOP A-G program status, subscribed schools are allowed to teach all C-STEM A-G pre-approved high school curriculum for UC/CSU admission.
    • Outstanding C-STEM teachers, administrators, and schools will be recognized with award certificates for their pioneering work on integrated computing and STEM education from UC Davis, the California Department of Education, and the California State Legislature at C-STEM Conference.
    • Students are eligible for C-STEM awards and scholarships which count towards their UC admission.
    • Students have a higher priority to participate in the annual level playing field RoboPlay Challenge Competitions. Participating students compete for awards that count towards UC admission.
  • Curriculum:
    • Access to all formal C-STEM curriculum including solutions to exercises in C-STEM textbooks, lesson plans, PowerPoint slides, video lessons, group computing activities, group robotics activities, and assessment tools for an unlimited number of teachers, students, courses, and sessions in both academic year and summer programs.
    • Teachers have full use of the RoboBlockly Activity Portal to access, create, share and edit (robotics, coding, math, science, and art) activities and their solutions in collaboration with other C-STEM teachers.
    • Teachers receive annually updated C-STEM curricular resources.
    • Teachers have access to solutions of the previous RoboPlay Challenge tasks and to the C-STEM teacher discussion board with additional projects and activities.
    • Access to the PDF fie and curriculum resources that accompany the textbook “Learning Physical Computing with Arduino for the Absolute Beginner.” 
    • Access to the PDF file and curriculum resources that accompany the textbook “Learning Physical Computing with Raspberry Pi for the Absolute Beginner.”
    • Access to C-STEM 3D modeling and 3D printing curriculum using robots in PDF files, and CAD source files for Autodesk Inventor and SolidWorks.
    • Access to the curriculum resources that accompany the freely available PDF version of the textbook “Learning Computer Programming with Ch for the Absolute Beginner” for more effective learning.
    • Access to the curriculum resources that accompany the freely available PDF version of the textbook “Robot Programming with Linkbot for the Absolute Beginner” for more effective learning.
    • Access to the curriculum resources that accompany the freely available PDF version of the textbook “Robot Programming with Lego Mindstorms NXT/EV3t for the Absolute Beginner” for more effective learning.
  • Purchasing with Discount:
  • Professional Development:
    • Tailored on-site professional development with innovative teaching strategies through C-STEM Center and its Affiliates at low cost.
    • Participate in exclusive professional development not available to the public at low cost. For example, C-STEM 1-Week Workshop on Arduino, Raspberry Pi, and Cyber-Physical Systems.
    • Participate in professional development conducted by trainers in the district or county if the district or county is a C-STEM Train-the-Trainer Affiliate.
  • Support:
    • Access to MSI files for C-STEM Studio and C-STEM Curriculum for Windows for remote and batch installation for classroom lab and student computers.
    • Technical support for IT staff via email.
    • Technical and educational support for teachers via email.

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The definition of a school site is a campus headed by a single principal with a unique school name, and pricing is based on the highest grade level of students served by that principal.

           Please visit our Getting Started Page for more detailed information on how to become a C-STEM School.

 

 C-STEM Professional Development

C-STEM provides unique professional development for teachers without any prior computing and robotics experience to use C-STEM curriculum effectively.

To ensure course quality and fidelity of implementation,  teacher completion of appropriate C-STEM Professional Development is required prior to implementing C-STEM courses.

Click here for more information

 

C-STEM TextbooksbookSample

Currently the C-STEM Center has the following full textbooks available.

  • Learning Common Core Mathematics with C/C++ Interpreter Ch for Algebra 1.
  • Learning Common Core Mathematics with C/C++ Interpreter Ch for Integrated Math 1
  • Learning Common Core Mathematics with C/C++ Interpreter Ch, Abbreviated version for Math 7, Math 8 and Pre-Algebra
  • Learning Computer Programming with Ch for the Absolute Beginner
  • Learning C Programming:  An Introduction to Computer Science
  • Learning Robot Programming with Linkbot for the Absolute Beginner
  • Learning 3D Modeling in Autodesk Inventor for 3D printing with Linkbot
  • Learning 3D Modeling in SolidWorks for 3D printing with Linkbot

Textbooks in full color are available to C-STEM schools for $20-50 each and can be purchased directly through the C-STEM Center. A robotics textbook  in PDF file is freely available for downloading

Click here for more information.

 

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C-STEM Studio is a platform for teaching science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) through computing and roboticsfor integrated learning. It is

  • the most engaging way to learn math, coding, and robotics,
  • the simplest approach to program a robot,
  • the easiest technology to control multiple robots.

Click here for more information.

 

SoftIntegration Ch Software

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The C-STEM Center partners with SoftIntegration to offer educators access to the C/C++ Interpreter Ch which is used in most of our curriculum. Learning C/C++ makes students career and college ready.

Ch is a user-friendly C/C++ interpreter and scripting language environment used by teachers, students, engineers, and scientists around the world to learn math, numerical computing, C/C++, and write cross-platform code and embedded scripts quickly and efficiently. It is an alternative user-friendly solution to C/C++ compiler.

ChIDE runs on Windows, Mac and Linux

SoftIntegration offers a free Ch Student Edition as well as annual lab licenses for Ch Professional Edition, discounted for C-STEM schools, for either up to 15 or 35 computers per lab for $170 or $300 per year.

Click here for more information.

 

Barobo Linkbot Robotics Equipmenttwowheeldrive

Our partner, Barobo, created a modular robot, the Linkbot,  specially designed for integrating computing and robotics into STEM education.  Linkbot is a fully functional robot with two degrees of freedom powered by an internal rechargeable lithium-ion battery, good for all day use.  SnapConnectors allow modules to be snapped together without special tools to create a snake, tank, humanoid, and any system that can be imagined. Integrated standard thread holes allow for custom-made accessories. Many accessory CAD files are freely downloadable for 3D printing, laser cut, or CNC manufacturing.  Please see the C-STEM Teacher Discussion Board  to download the files.  (note: you must be logged in to access the C-STEM Teacher Discussion  Board)

Barobo offers C-STEM schools discounted packages. Click here for more information.

 

3D Printing Technology

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Our partner, Paton Group, has worked with us to bring cutting edge Stratasys 3D printing technology into the classroom, allowing students the opportunity to see their designs come to life.  Used in conjunction with our Robotics curriculum and supplementary Computer Aided Design and 3D printing curriculum, students can extend robotics activities by designing parts that work with the Linkbots to solve real world engineering problems.  Students can also use these skills to compete in the Best Custom Designed Part category of the RoboPlay Video Competition.

Paton Group currently offers C-STEM schools discounted prices on six of their models: MakerBot Replicator 2, MakerBot Replicator 2X, Mojo 3D Printer, UPrint SE Monochrom 3D Printer, UPrint SE Plus Color 3D Printer, and the Dimension 1200SE Color 3D Printer.  Please contact us for more information.

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System Requirements for Implementing the C-STEM Program

Windows XP or above (32 and 64 bits) with 500 MBytes disk space and 46 Mbyte RAM. Bluetooth support for Ch Lego Mindstorms NXT/EV3 and Ch Arduino Packages.

Mac OS X 10.6.8 x86 (32 and 64 bits) or above.

You may use a virtual network computer for Chromebooks or iPads to run C-STEM Studio remotely in a Window server.