C-STEM 2-Day Academy on Integrated Computing and STEM Education

This 2-Day Academy will provide K-14 teachers with hands-on experience on how to use freely available C-STEM Studio and RoboBlockly, as well as C-STEM Math-ICT curriculum with interactive computing, programming, and robotics that aligns with the Common Core Math and ICT Sector standards. The academy is targeted at K-14 classroom STEM teachers, as well as math/CTE/Science coordinators, who are interested in bringing hands-on computing, and virtual and hardware Linkbot and/or Lego Mindstorms NXT/EV3 robots on:

  • Integrating Computing & Robotics into Math courses aligned to Common Core Standards
  • Integrating Computing & Robotics into Science courses aligned to Next Generation Science Standards
  • Offering computer programming and/or robotics courses in your school
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Offering robotics in after school or summer programs in your school, district, and county
  • Developing students’ critical thinking and problem-solving skills
Implementing new teaching strategies and collaborative learning
  • Working to close the achievement gap
  • Preparing students to be career and college ready
  • Working with gifted students to challenge them to solve real-world problems
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Engaging at-risk students with hands-on learning

Download the 2DayAcademyDec2-3SD flyer or for more information, please contact Tasha Frankie, Assistant Professor, Computer and Information Science at: tfrankie@sdccd.edu
or contact info@c-stem.ucdavis.edu and visit c-stem.ucdavis.edu

UC Davis C-STEM @ Mesa College in San Diego

The C-STEM 1-Week Institute on integrated computing and STEM education provides teachers with hands-on experience on how to use freely available C-STEM Studio and RoboBlockly as well as C-STEM integrated curriculum with interactive computing and robotics for their classroom teaching. The academy is targeted at grades 5 – 12 and community college STEM teachers, as well as math/CTE/Science coordinators, who are interested in:

  • Integrating Computing & Robotics into Math courses aligned to Common Core Standards
  • Integrating Computing & Robotics into Science courses aligned to Next Generation Science Standards
  • Offering computer programming and/or robotics courses in your school
  • Offering robotics in after school or summer programs in your school, district, and county Developing students’ critical thinking and problem-solving skills
  • Implementing new teaching strategies and collaborative learning
  • Working to close the achievement gap
  • Preparing students to be career and college ready
  • Working with gifted students to challenge them to solve real-world problems
  • Engaging at-risk students with hands-on learning
  • Programming Lego Mindstorms NXT/EV3 using C-STEM Software
  • San Diego Mesa College Week inservice [flyer]

GoPiGo complete Raspberry Pi Robot Car

Dexter Industries builds robot kits to make learning how to program interesting and accessible to everyone!

We offer FREE 60-day TEACHER TRIAL kits. Learn more here: www.dexterindustries.com/DexterEd

Announcing our newest curriculum, GoBoxEd (www.dexterindustries.com/GoBox-Ed), which comes with 12 “missions” to accomplish with your GoPiGo robot car.

The GoPiGo (www.dexterindustries.com/GoPiGo) is a complete Raspberry Pi Robot Car. GoPiGo can be programmed in beginner languages like Scratch (Check out GoBoxEd), but is also used by advanced engineers at Google who developed the Google Cloud Vision API (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eve8DkkVdhI).

BrickPi replaces the brain (EV3/NXT) of LEGO MINDSTORMS with the Raspberry Pi so you can untether it from the cable, connect it to the internet, and program in Scratch, Java, C++, Python and more! www.dexterindustries.com/BrickPi

GrovePi is our “Internet of Things” kit. Used by Amazon Web Services to develop a neat beverage tracking app, and by elementary schools to make their own weather station and plant monitoring station. www.dexterindustries.com/GrovePi

Questions? Please contact:

Elizabeth Kiken
(202)-550-9239

Robotics and Coding Grants

Dash & Dot by Wonder Workshop are the most fun way to bring STEM and coding to life for students in grades 1-6. Register to start a club before July 10 for a chance to win:

1) $10,000 grant for your district
2) Dash & Dot robotics set for your class
3) T-shirts for you and your students

Register here: https://clubs.makewonder.com/

What is the Wonder League?

The Wonder League inspires the creators of tomorrow through robotics and coding. Students in Grades 1-6 compete every year in the worldwide Wonder League Robotics Competition, the first of its kind for elementary school students. Last year, thousands of teams came together to code for gold.

You can make a difference by starting a movement in your school today. No experience required!

Learn more about the Wonder League: http://clubs.makewonder.com/

Robot Programming Competition

High school students are invited to participate in a regional computing competition!

RobotProgrammingCompetition Attached you will find a flyer containing event details for this upcoming free Robot Programming Competition.  To gain an understanding of what software the students will be utilizing to program the robot to move, you can watch video tutorials via the following link:  https://community.aldebaran.com/en/content/nao-robot-course

This a team competition, and each team is comprised of two individuals. They will have to apply to participate in this event as a team. There will be a pizza lunch for everyone as well as prizes for the top placing teams. These students are responsible for getting to and from the competition. There is paid parking as well as accessible public transportation.

Get the word out to your students immediately so they don’t miss out on this wonderful opportunity!

Finally, we would like to thank our partners who have greatly helped bring this event concept to fruition: Gail Lake, Program Specialist at SDUSD CTE, CoriAnne Burgess and Scottie Lee, Computer Science Principles Teachers, Rose LaMuraglia, Deputy Sector Navigator for ICT and Dean at San Diego City College, and SB1070 CTE Regional Pathways.

Best regards,

Flora Barron | Education Manager Central San Diego
Junior Achievement of San Diego County
4756 Mission Gorge Place | San Diego, CA 92120
Direct 619.906.4910 | Office 619.682.5155 ext. 110 | F 619.682.5159 | fbarron@jasandiego.org

DARPA Robotics Challenge June 5-6

Twenty-five of the top robotics organizations in the world will gather to compete for $3.5 million in prizes as they attempt a simulated disaster-response course. The event is free to attend and open to the public. It takes place at Fairplex (home of the LA County Fair) in Pomona, California, just east of downtown Los Angeles.

The DRC is a competition of robot systems and software teams vying to develop robots capable of assisting humans in responding to natural and man-made disasters. It was designed to be extremely difficult. Participating teams, representing some of the most advanced robotics research and development organizations in the world, are collaborating and innovating on a very short timeline to develop the hardware, software, sensors, and human-machine control interfaces that will enable their robots to complete a series of challenge tasks selected by DARPA for their relevance to disaster response.

The DRC Finals will take place from June 5-6, 2015 at Fairplex in Pomona, California. The DRC Finals will require robots to attempt a circuit of consecutive physical tasks, with degraded communications between the robots and their operators; the winning team will receive a $2 million grand prize; DARPA plans to award $1 million to the runner-up and $500,000 to the third-place team.

Technologies resulting from the DRC will transform the field of robotics and catapult forward development of robots featuring task-level autonomy that can operate in the hazardous, degraded conditions common in disaster zones.

For more information, click here.

TRY ENGINEERING! EARN A STIPEND FOR OUT-OF-SCHOOL TIME

Exploring STEM Careers Initiative (ESCI) is a National Science Foundation funded grant to San Diego State University Research Foundation in collaboration with San Diego Science Alliance.

ESCI engages 6th -12th grade school districts and school sites, STEM mentors, institutes of higher education, and community partners in STEM engineering challenges during out-of-school-time. These include:

  • Botball–Student teams demonstrate understanding of programming, sensors and engineering design through a real-world robotics challenge. At practices and a regional tournament, autonomous robots go head-to-head in a timed competition, solving a societal issue or problem. http://www.botball.org/
  • SeaPerch–Students teams research buoyancy and marine engineering as they construct and equip an underwater vehicle for remote operation. SeaPerch ROV’s are deployed during research events and a tournament to investigate environmental issues. http://www.seaperch.org/index
  • Kid Wind–Student teams develop understanding of aerodynamics and energy conversion during construction of wind turbines. KidWind teams explore how to maximize output through the engineering design process at practices and regional tournaments. http://learn.kidwind.org/

    ESCI project offers teachers a one-year commitment to implement one of the engineering challenges with students and participate in professional learning. Completion of 8 days of STEM Professional Development is required during the year round program. Completion of up to 40 hours of after school activities in one of the above listed STEM challenge projects. Stipends are provided for out-of-school– time student team support and non-school day professional development. In addition to the design, engineering and prototyping of devices, students and teachers maintain journals and prepare presentations to inform the public about optimal conditions for research in the area they explored. Prior STEM teaching experience not a requirement.

    ESCI enlists the support of professionals who work in STEM fields to participate at the school site and public events to support ESCI engineering and research projects. The “STEM Professionals” are volunteers who agree to participate in school-led, out-of-school-time student engineering projects.

    The Value of Participating in ESCI – Students express a variety of reasons for joining teams. At least half of the students joined because they expressed interest in STEM projects and related careers.

ESCI Provides Opportunities to learn 21st Century skills including: Robotics and Programming, Engineering Design Cycle, Time Management, Team Work that support Common Core and Next Generation Science Standards. Contact: Nancy Taylor Principal Investigator, ntaylor@mail.sdsu.edu or Dave Massey Program Director davemassey@cox.net, 619.517-4288

Partnership School Districts: San DiegoUSD, Lakeside USD, Cajon Valley SD, Grossmont Union High SD, La Mesa Spring Valley SD, Lemon Grove SD, Dehesa SD. SUHSD

Porpoise Training Opportunity

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PORPOISE ROBOTICS “Train-the-Trainer” is a 2-day intensive course that immerses the teacher/trainer in robotics and includes hands-on design, building and programming. This introduction to Mechatronics covers basic robotics principals including the Arduino microprocessor, C++ coding, sensors and effectors.

Most STEM Teachers are well versed in Math, Science, Technology and teaching methodology, but often lack engineering experience, according to PORPOISE ROBOTICS Vice President of Education and Technology, Kevin Bowen. Many teachers say: “I’m not an engineer, and I don’t understand computer programming, electronic circuits or mechatronics”. PORPOISE ROBOTICS is designed to bridge that gap, providing a curriculum for daily and after-school robotics programs for middle, high school and community college teachers.

 

Mobot_A kits

Thanks to technology developed at the University of California, Davis, with funding from the National Science Foundation, educational robots are now available to make 21st century skills accessible to students at a reasonable cost.

The launch of the Mobot-A kit follows a successful Beta program where over 300 robots were used in more than 30 high schools and middle schools to teach STEM subjects. As 3D printers become more and more common place in the classroom there’s a need for engaging projects and curriculum to tie this powerful tool into science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) subjects.

Here is a video that shows how instruction in math aligns with building and using robots in the classroom: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NbD1JIe6vDM&feature=player_embedded

UC Davis C-STEM Opportunities

The C-STEM Center at UC Davis is offering a number of exciting opportunities for professional development and student engagement in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) education.

With funding from the National Science Foundation, the C-STEM Center is working with districts and schools on integrated computing and STEM education to help close the achievement gap in math and science. Students are engaged through relevant and fun robotics and programming activities. Find additional details and links below.

Activity Dates:

  • Application for CREST and Robotics Fellowships are due April 5, 2013.
  • RoboPlay and Math Programming Competitions are being held on May 4, 2013
  • The 3rd Annual Conference on Integrated Computing and STEM Education will be held on May 18, 2013.
  • The 2013 UC Davis Summer Institute on Integrated Computing and STEM Education, for K-12 STEM and CS teachers, will be held on June 24 – July 5.

CREST and Robotics Fellowships

Two fellowship opportunities for STEM teachers are extended with revised application guidelines. The C-STEM Center is recruiting 8 motivated STEM teachers as Robotics Fellows to work with a dedicated team of UC Davis faculty and graduate/undergraduate students in the project “Co- Robotics for STEM Education in the 21st Century” funded by the National Robotics Initiative of the National Science Foundation. Robotics Fellows will be trained to leverage innovative modular robotics technology to promote student engagement and academic success especially in Algebra.

The C-STEM Center is recruiting 15 pre-service and in-service STEM teachers as CREST Fellows to participate in the NSF Research Experiences for Teachers (RET) Site project “Computing Research Experiences for STEM Teachers (CREST)”. The CREST project will create an enduring partnership between secondary school science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) teachers, UC Davis faculty mentors and C-STEM Center staff. This unique professional development opportunity will support teachers in creating a teaching “infrastructure” that inspires them to guide their students towards computing and STEM related careers and post-secondary study.

Applications for CREST Fellowships are extended
New Application Due Date: April 5, 2013
More Information: http://c-stem.ucdavis.edu/training/CREST/

Applications for Robotics Fellowships are extended
New Application Due Date: April 5, 2013
More Information: http://c-stem.ucdavis.edu/training/co-robots/

RoboPlay and Math Programming Competitions

UC Davis C-STEM Day RoboPlay Competitions and Math Programming Competition are being held on May 4, 2013. The C-STEM Day is organized to build public awareness and advocate for Computing and STEM education. RoboPlay Competitions are open-ended design challenges using robots. The goal of the RoboPlay Competitions is to broaden student participation in computing, science, technology, engineering, and math (C-STEM) education with positive youth development for all students. More than seventy teams will showcase integrated computing and STEM education in action.

More information: http://c-stem.ucdavis.edu/activities/c-stem_day/

Integrated Computing and STEM Education

The 3rd Annual Conference on Integrated Computing and STEM Education will be held on May 18, 2013. The C-STEM Center has been actively engaged in developing computing and robotics technology and curricula as well as in professional development and implementation in K-12 schools guided by two key objectives:

  • Close the achievement gap by broadening participation of students traditionally underrepresented in computing and STEM related careers and post-secondary study.
  • Develop students’s 21st century problem-solving skills to tackle real world concerns through integrated computing and STEM education.

In this conference, you will learn more about the C-STEM Center, its research work to date and the rich set of resources available to educators and students. Presenters in the breakout sessions are representatives of C-STEM partner teachers. The conference offers a first-hand opportunity to examine the groundbreaking work of the C-STEM Center on Integrated Computing and STEM Education in formal, after-school, and informal settings; and review the evidence for their impact on increasing student motivation and achievement in STEM subjects, closing the achievement gap, and improving college and career-readiness skills. The conference provides a forum for a dedicated cohort of C-STEM partner teachers, K-14 researchers, educators, policy makers, and industrial partners to discuss and influence the future direction of integrated computing and STEM education. As schools in California are implementing the Common Core Standards and adopting the Next Generation Science Standards, you will learn how to implement C-STEM project-based hands-on integrated learning for solving real-world problems in your classroom and after-school programs.

The highlights of the conference include a keynote address by Dr. Ralph J. Hexter, Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor of UC Davis. Jonathan Raymond, Superintendent of Sacramento City Unified School District will give a plenary speech. A panel of principal and STEM teachers from the School of Engineering and Sciences of the Sacramento City Unified School District, chaired by Karen Shores, STEM Administrator of the California Department of Education, will share their best practice on integrated computing and STEM education with computer programming starting in 7th grade all the way through 12th grade. Dr. Debra Richardson, Professor of Informatics and founding dean of Donald Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences at the University of California, Irvine will give a lunch speech.

Early deadline for registration: May 2, 2013.
Final deadline for registration: May 14, 2013.
Register: http://cstemconference.eventbrite.com/
More Information: http://c-stem.ucdavis.edu/activities/conference/

2013 UC Davis Summer Institute on Integrated Computing and STEM Education

The C-STEM Center will host the 2013 UC Davis Summer Institute on Integrated Computing and STEM Education on June 24 – July 5 for K-12 STEM and CS teachers. The two-week long Summer Institute will offer two one-week courses. The first week is on “Robotic Technologies and Computer Programming” and the second week is on “Pre-Algebra and Algebra Support with Computing and Robotics — Using 21st Century Skills To Strengthen Logical Thinking”.

This intensive summer institute is designed to train teachers on the principles of robotics and computing, their teaching pedagogy, how to teach computer programming and computer science with robotics, how to integrate computing and robotics activities into science and engineering curricula, how to teach Pre-Algebra, Algebra I, and math labs using interactive computing, programming, and robotics.

Early deadline for registration: May 24, 2013.
Final deadline for registration: June 17, 2013.
Register: http://c-stem.ucdavis.edu/training/summer_institute/register.php

 

For additional information contact Professor Harry H. Cheng, C-STEM Director, by email at: hhcheng@ucdavis.edu or by phone: (530)752-5020.