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.