UC Davis C-STEM Center

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“Oh my gosh! I barely can contain myself....soooo fun!!! So challenging and so rewarding at the same time!!!”

 - Jessica Fernandez, Math Teacher,Glen Edwards Middle School, California

Program Type

Curriculum/Instructional Materials
Hands on/Project-Based
Informal /Out of School

Target Audience

All Students

Location

California
Iowa

Grades

Grades 6 - 8
Grades 9 - 12

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Program Impact

Formal evaluations suggest that the program increases student interest and achievement in computing, robotics and STEM.  Student participants are 33% Hispanic, 20% Asian, 19% Caucasian, 14% multi-racial, 9% African-American, 4% Pacific Islander, and 2% American Indian.  The annual RoboPlay competitions on C-STEM Day are designed to engage underperforming students and schools, who regularly win or place alongside high achieving students.

 

Program Overview

C-STEM Center aims to transform computing, science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (C-STEM) education in both formal and informal K-14 programs. The Center works with K-14 educators to integrate computer programming and robotics into STEM subjects through hands-on, personalized and collaborative learning strategies.

C-STEM Center aims to transform computing, science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (C-STEM) education in both formal and informal K-14 programs. The Center works with K-14 educators to integrate computer programming and robotics into STEM subjects through hands-on, personalized and collaborative learning strategies.

C-STEM Center has two key objectives:

  • Prompt many more females and students of color to pursue college and careers in computing and STEM-related areas.
  • Develop students’ ability to tackle real world, 21st-century challenges.

Using cutting-edge research, the C-STEM Center and its industry partners have developed innovative, hands-on educational computing strategies in C/C++, modular robotics, and robot simulation technologies. The Center also trains STEM educators to use these innovative materials and strategies effectively.

The Center focuses on Algebra topics, the gatekeeper for STEM disciplines. By making connections across the STEM disciplines, the it also helps students link regular STEM topics to real-life experiences while developing critical thinking and problem-solving skills.

The C-STEM Center and its partners organize annual curriculum-based RoboPlay and Math Programming Competitions on C-STEM Day to further engage students in project-based team activities. These competitions showcase students’ accomplishments and creativity in not only math and engineering, but also in writing, art, music, and film production.

In its undergraduate admission application for all UC campuses, the University of California officially recognizes participation in the C-STEM program, C-STEM student individual and team awards, and extracurricular activities as achievements that have prepared students for college and career.

How To Get Involved

It costs approximately $12,000 to implement the program at a school, including annual subscription, professional development, textbooks, software and a class set of robotic hardware. There are also many different roles for volunteers at C-STEM, including speaking at school sites, mentoring student teams or volunteering at the annual C-STEM Day competitions.  Anyone who has a passion for robotics, can’t get enough algebra, loves teaching, or just likes helping students in the community can get involved. 

Contacts

Jennifer Mullin, Program Manager
jsmullin@ucdavis.edu 
530-752-8788

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Design Principles

The programs in this database clear a high bar. STEMworks reviewed each program against CTEq's Design Principles for Effective STEM Philanthropy.

  • Accomplished
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  • Undeveloped

Overarching Principles

  • Need

    Identify and target a compelling and well-defined need.

  • Evaluation

    Use rigorous evaluation to continuously measure and inform progress towards the compelling need identified.

  • Sustainability

    Ensure work is sustainable.

  • Replication and Scalability

    Demonstrate replicability and scalability.

  • Partnerships

    Create high impact partnerships

  • Capacity

    Ensure organizational capacity to achieve goals.

STEM Principles

  • Challenging and Relevant Content

    Offer challenging and relevant STEM content for the target audience

  • STEM Practices

    Incorporate and encourage STEM practices.

  • Inspiration

    Inspire interest and engagement in STEM.

  • Under-Represented Groups

    Identify and address the needs of under-represented groups.