~ April 2014 ~

In This Issue

  • Registration for Website
  • C-STEM Day in May
  • CDE Professional Development
  • CDE CSTEM+ Grant
  • HP Donation
  • C-STEM Summer Institute
  • C-STEM Youth Summer Camps
  • UC Davis Picnic Day
  • Riverside and Orange County Professional Development
  • NCWIT Awards

Important Dates to Remember

*Note: Date Changes

Registration is Now Open!

Registration on our new website is now open! Student/Parents or Teachers are now able to register for C-STEM events and access curriculum through the site.


C-STEM Day: Date Change!

The 2014 C-STEM Day is on May 31st! We will be hosting the competitions on the UC Davis Pavilion, as well as new satellite competitions in Sandia National Labs in Livermore and UC Irvine. In the RoboPlay Challenge Competition, students will use math, programming, and robotics to solve open-ended design challenges. For the RoboPlay Video Competition, students will submit open ended videos involving the Linkbots, allowing them to combine their math, programming, and robotics expertise with art, music, plot, choreography, and design. In Math programming Competition, students will have to use math and computer programming to solve math based problems. At the end of the competition, C-STEM Awards will be presented to students who show promise in the fields of computing and STEM.


RoboPlay Challenge and Video Competition & Math Programming Competition:

registration deadline: April 18, 2014

video submission deadline: May 16, 2014

Award applications are due by Friday, April 25. 2014

CDE Sponsored 1 Day Professional Development

The upcoming FREE workshop sponsored by the California Department of Education and the Alameda County Office of Education on Monday, April 21, 2014 aims to integrate computing and robotics into Mathematics & Career Technical Education to help prepare students for college and career. Teachers will learn how to apply computer programming in C/C++ interpreter Ch and the Barobo Linkbot in STEM classes with integrated learning. Participants will get two supplementary textbooks, teaching materials, one software license, one Linkbot, and more for free. Application ends Monday, April 14, so apply soon! Spaces are limited!

$1.5M CDE Grant, C-STEM+ Project

The Yolo County Office of Education (YCOE) in partnership with the UC Davis C-STEM Center received a $1.5 million over three years from the California Department of Education (CDE) for the C-STEM+ Project. The project provides intensive and follow-up training in mathematics, technology, and engineering.  The project represents both a countywide professional development model with all five Yolo County school districts participating and a regional model including rural, suburban, and urban high need school districts serving students in Region 3. Over fifty highly qualified math and CTE teachers in grades 6-12 are recruited to participate in the project. This only marks the beginning of a strong partnership between the YCOE, local school districts and the UC Davis C-STEM program!


HP Donation

A huge thank you to Hewlett Packard volunteers for donating their time during the 2013 C-STEM Day RoboPlay Competition. For this year's RoboPlay Competition, Hewlett Packard has donated 80 laptops to the C-STEM Center for teams at the UC Davis site to use. After C-STEM Day, the laptops will be donated as mobile class labs to needy C-STEM schools. Volunteers have again assisted with creating challenges for the competition and will also help judge using wireless tablets and a web-based scoring system which HP engineer, Rex Schrader, created. We appreciate the tremendous support from our HP partners!


C-STEM Summer Institute:

The 2014 UC Davis Summer Institute on Integrated Computing and STEM Education is on June 30 – July 11, 2014, for K-14 STEM teachers. The first course (Common Core Mathematical Concepts with Computing and Robotics), from June 30 to July 3,  will focus on teaching computing and robotics in a Math classroom setting, particularly Math 7 & 8, Algebra 1, and Integrated Math 1, and also the basics on computer programming in Ch and robotics. The second course (Robotic Activities and Computer Programming for Solving Applied Problems), from July 7 – 11, will focus on expanding teachers’ knowledge of computer programming and robotics. Early registration ends May 9.Final registration ends June 6

C-STEM Youth Summer Camps:

In partnership with UC Davis Campus Recreation and the School of Education, we will be hosting C-STEM summer camps! In the C-STEM Exploring Mathematics with Robotics camp, the students will learn the basics of how to use computer programming to move single Linkbots through certain obstacles. The C-STEM Exploring Computer Programming with Robotics camp will teach students to program movements for several Linkbots, in which the program will conclude with a short video that contains robotic choreography with a musical score, which can also be submitted to the C-STEM RoboPlay Video Competition. The C-STEM Exploring 3D Printing with Robotics camp will teach campers basics of computer-aided design, 3D modeling, and 3D printing. They will lean how to identify and solve problems, and turn ideas into 3D printed parts.

Options: Grades 4-6: C-STEM Exploring Mathematics with Robots - August 4-8

Grades 6-8: C-STEM Exploring Computer Programming with Robotics - July 21-25

C-STEM Innovation Academy and Exploring 3D Printing - July 14-18

C-STEM Exploring 3D Printing with Robotics - July 28-August 1

Last year's GIRL Camp


Applications are now available! The C-STEM Girls in Robotics Leadership (GIRL) Camp will be from August 4 - 8, 2014, 8am – 5pm. Girls in grades 7 or 8 for the 2014/2015 school year with interest in computing or robotics are encouraged to apply. This one week program will introduce the girls to concepts of computing and robotics and challenge the girls to solve robotic problems as well as to become student leaders at their school site, encouraging other female students to get involved in computing and STEM activities. Applications are due by June 6, 2014. Scholarships are available to needy students.


UC Davis Picnic Day:

Picnic Day this year will be on April 12! Be sure to stop by the Bainer Hall lobby during your visit to the UC Davis campus. Children and families will be able to have a hands-on experience working with our modular robot Linkbot. There will be several stations where you will be able to either control robots, navigating robots through obstacle courses, build your own robotic systems with robotic modules and accessories, or watch sample RoboPlay robot shows.

Riverside & Orange County Onsite Professional Development:

Over 40 teachers attended C-STEM professional development workshops in Riverside on Jan 9-10 and Orange Counties on Jan 11-12 to learn how to integrate programming and robotics into STEM subjects for integrated learning. The training is well received by these teachers. All teachers are excited to launch the C-STEM project in their schools with full energy and enthusiasm. Their students will participate in the C-STEM Day on May 31, 2014 with RoboPlay Competition held in Orange County.


"I truly enjoyed the C-STEM professional development training. I was a little intimidated before we started as my only programming experience was in college in 1982-1983. However, my mind was quickly eased once we got started. Instructors were excellent teaching everything step-by-step. The pacing was perfect: slow enough for understanding, but quick enough to not get bored. I can't wait to start using C-STEM with my 8th grade students."

– Sherron McMane, Riverside STEM academy, Riverside USD

“This was exceedingly fun and valuable. With the new Common Core State Standards arriving, I can see many uses and support through robotics & programming. This was one of the better training classes I have been to.  It got me excited to take this back to my classroom.”

–  Daniel Leedy, Corona Del Mar H.S., Newport Mesa U.S.D

2014 Winners

NCWIT Northern California Affiliate Awards for Aspirations in Computing:

On March 15, we presented NCWIT Northern California Affiliate Awards to 12 young women in high school that have shown outstanding achievement and aspirations in computing on March 15 in Kemper Hall 1003 on the UC Davis campus. These young women have been acknowledged for their skills in computing and IT aptitude. Overall, the winning girls had a good experience getting together and creating new connections with each other. The NCWIT Educator Award was presented to Aimee Staats from St. Francis High School for her excellent work in inspiring female students in pursuing computing related careers.

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