C-STEM Center develops technologies and curriculum, and provides K-14 teachers with hands-on professional development on how to integrate ultra-low-cost computers of Raspberry Pi and Arduino into their classroom teaching of STEM and computer science with physical computing and making, no matter their experience level.
Ch Arduino in C-STEM Studio provides graphical user interface (GUI) called ChDuino to interact with digital and analog input/output pins in Arduino boards using Windows, Mac, and Raspberry Pi. The similar graphical user interface called GPIOviewer is available in C-STEM Studio to control general purpose input/output pins in Raspberry Pi. These GUIs are the easiest way to get students started tinkering with electronics.
C/C++ is the language of choice for interfacing hardware and making. The traditional software development method in C/C++ for Raspberry Pi using gcc, Makefile, and a text editor without debugging capability through a lengthy compile/link/execute/debug cycle is cumbersome, especially for beginners. The C/C++ interpreter Ch makes learning electronics using Arduino boards and Raspberry Pi simple, easy, and fun with its user-friendly ChIDE, scripting, debugging, and plotting capabilities. It breaks the barrier and allows anyone to join the Maker Revolution with coding using Arduino and Raspberry Pi.
C/C++ is the default language for coding in Arduino. With Ch WiringPi, the similar code can be used to control I/O of Arduino and Raspberry Pi in Ch. Therefore, the knowledge gained from one platform of Arduino and Raspberry Pi can readily be used in other platform.
For some real-time applications with hard deadline, the same code can readily be compiled in C/C++ compiler without any modification. At that point, however, students will need to learn gcc and Makefile.
C-STEMbian is an ideal solution with easy installation and setup for coding, do it yourself (DIY) and making, Internet of Things (IoT), and Cyber-Physical Systems (CPS) using Rapberry Pi, Pi Zero, Pi Zero W, and Pi compatible microcomputers, as well as Arduino boards.
The C-STEM’s 3-D printing curriculum introduces students to the working principles of computer-aided design and 3D printing with the Autodesk Inventor 3D modeling software and the reconfigurable modular robot Linkbot.