Currently, the C-STEM Center provides educational research opportunities for teachers through our CREST and CoRobots programs, funded through the National Science Foundation. Through both programs, teachers are given a stipend to actively participate in the creation of materials focused on integrating computing and robotics into STEM classroom as well as implementation in their classrooms.
The C-STEM Center conducts the NSF Research Experiences for Teachers (RET) Site project “Computing Research Experiences for STEM Teachers (CREST)” which engages teachers through the six-week (8 hours/day) summer program educating teachers on integrating computing and robotics through research projects and working with them to create computing and robotics activities that can be used in the classroom. The project also contains an academic year follow-up plan, assisting teachers in their implementation and evaluating the effectiveness.
Co-Robots for STEM Education in the 21st Century
The C-STEM Center’s NSF funded research program, Co-Robots for STEM Education in the 21st Century, studies how to use co-robot systems and math-oriented co-robotics competitions to enhance student engagement, increase students’ motivation in learning Algebra and subsequent STEM subjects, and interest in pursuing STEM related careers and post-secondary study. Teachers are engaged in a two week (8 hours / day) summer program on integrating computing and robotics into the classroom. Through the academic year follow-up, the C-STEM Center works with researchers and teachers to develop innovative co-robot technology and curricula to transform math and science education by integrating computing, robotics, and engineering into K-12 education.
The Yolo County Office of Education (YCOE) in partnership with the UC Davis C-STEM Center received a $1.5 million over three years from the California Department of Education for the C-STEM+ Project. The project provides intensive and follow-up training in mathematics, technology, and engineering. The project represents both a countywide professional development model with all five Yolo County school districts participating and a regional model including rural, suburban, and urban high need school districts serving students in Region 3. Over fifty highly qualified teachers in grades 6-12 are recruited to participate in the project. This only marks the beginning of a strong partnership between the YCOE, participating school districts and the UC Davis C-STEM program!
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