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Summer Academy 2013

Deadline for early registration to reserve your space at $499: August 2, 2013.
Deadline for final registration at $599: August 9, 2013.
Location: UC Davis Bainer Hall Room 1070.

The C-STEM Center will host the 2013 UC Davis Summer Academy on August 13-16 for K-12 STEM Teachers. This intensive summer academy is designed to train teachers on the principles of robotics, their teaching pedagogy, and how to integrate computing and robotics activities into Math 6, 7, 8, Pre-Algebra, Algebra I, Integrated Math I and math labs.

After attending this summer workshop, attendees shall be able to integrate robotics in their teaching of various courses, including three model curricula in the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) standard course list of the California Department of Education as UC/CSU a-g electives.

Course Description

Mathematics, specifically Algebra, is one of the most difficult topics for students to learn. It is considered the gatekeeper for student’s pursuit of careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). Working with K-12 educators, the UC Davis Center for Integrated Computing and STEM Education (C-STEM) has developed a new strategy to support Algebra instruction. This academy trains educators who teach Pre-Algebra and Algebra I in both classroom and afterschool programs to effectively use this new strategy. Through a sequence of well-designed simple, concise, and self-contained math lab sessions with hands-on computing and robotics activities, basic concepts of Algebra will be reinforced through practical applications. Concurrently, students will learn the fundamentals of computing, underlying working principles of computers, and computer programming, and robotics for problem solving. The C-STEM Center will help trainees to implement the program in their curriculum durng the academic year.

Intended Audience

This Institute is geared toward grades 5-12 teachers and afterschool program paraeducators teaching Algebra Readiness, Pre-Algebra, Algebra I, as well as other math, science, and engineering courses. More specifically:

  • Teachers who are interested in learning new ways to engage students in analytical thinking and problem solving skills where traditional methods have failed.
  • Teachers who want to teach “at risk” students using hands-on activities and project-based methods in the areas of math, science, and technology.
  • Teachers who want to teach “gifted” students to excel in math with hands-on activities and project-based methods.
  • Teachers looking to increase their use of computers as a teaching and learning tool.
  • Teachers interested in providing students with 21st century career skills.

Outline of Topics


  • Order of Arithmetic Operations
  • Fundamental Properties of Numbers
  • Variables and Their Applications in Computing
  • Ratios and Proportions
  • Scientific Notations
  • Irrational Numbers
  • Probability
  • Graphing and Solving Linear Equations
  • Understanding Functions
  • Evaluating and Plotting Polynomials
  • Graphing and Solving Quadratics
  • Plotting Inequalities and Systems of Inequalities
  • Graphing and Solving Systems of Linear Equations
  • Graphs of Rational Functions
  • Radical and Exponential Functions


  • Working principals of robotics
  • Controlling robots using a control panel
  • Introduction to programming for robots
  • Interacting with robots through variables and input/output functions
  • Controlling single robots through C/C++ programs
  • Controlling multiple robots through C/C++ programs

Outcome for Trainees’ Students

  1. Through a set of interactive computing and applied problem solving activities in a C/C++ interpreter Ch, students will gain a better understanding of algebra concepts and their applications
  2. Students will learn the fundamentals of computing, underlying working principles of computers, computer programming, and robotics for problem solving
  3. Students will be able to participate in the Secondary School Math Programming Competition and RoboPlay Competitions on the UC Davis C-STEM Day.


  • Please make checks out to “The Regents of the University of California”.
  • All registrations and checks must be received by the final deadline in order to participate in the Summer Academy.