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UC Davis Center for Integrated Computing and STEM Education (C-STEM) --- Research and Outreach
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 Maker Movement


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.