Founded in 2010, UC Davis Center for Integrated Computing and STEM Education (C-STEM) develops educational technologies and curriculum, and provides professional development for teachers to teach K-12 math with hands-on coding, robotics, and making. C-STEM is now a UC Approved Educational Preparation Program for undergraduate admission for all University of California campuses. C-STEM also has UCOP A-G Program Status with high school courses for preparing students for admission to University of California and California State University.
C-STEM develops computing technology, curriculum, and pedagogical strategies, and provides professional development and support for STEM teachers, even those without any prior coding and robotics experience, to integrate hands-on computing and robotics into their classroom teaching.
The rigorous C-STEM Math-ICT Curriculum provides K-12 students with up to 13 years of integrated learning of math and computer science. The center focuses on algebra, a gatekeeper for careers in STEM. Hands-on activities with coding and robots inspire and engage students who are otherwise turned off by math and STEM subjects. The C-STEM Math-ICT curriculum is in use in more than 60 school districts with over 10,000 students, mostly in California. For at-risk and gifted students alike, C-STEM program can significantly increase math performance and close the achievement gap.
Software, tools, and textbooks of the C-STEM program are available for download from the center’s website. C-STEM Center and its partners organize the RoboPlay Challenge Competition every May at UC Davis and in Orange County. RoboPlay is a theme-based level playing field robotics competition for K-14 students. It is designed for students to showcase their real-world problem solving skills in a competitive environment. The center also runs an annual conference on computing and STEM education, and a highly successful summer program called Girls in Robotics Leadership (GIRL) camp for middle school girls in different regions. Since 2010, the center has received over $5 million in grants from the National Science Foundation, as well as support from the California Department of Education and corporate sponsors.