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1-Day Workshop on Physical Computing with Raspberry Pi, Arduino, and Robots



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This C-STEM 1-Day Workshop  will provide K-14 teachers with hands-on experience on physical computing using general purpose input/output (GPIO) pins with Raspberry Pi (for as low as $5) and Arduino, control of Linkbot and NXT/EV3 robots through Pi, and how to bring physical computing and free C-STEM resources into their classroom teaching of STEM, computer science, making,  and robotics courses. Whether or not  you have previous coding and robotics experience, you will enjoy the workshop enormously.

The workshop will prepare K-14 teachers to bring the  C-STEM Math-ICT  Curriculum: Physical Computing with Pi and Arduino (UCOP A-G approved) curriculum and a suite of free resources into their classroom teaching. Attendees will  learn:

  • Maker-friendly technology
  • A range of ideas for interfacing various hardware and software in the classroom using Windows, Mac, and Chromebooks.
  • C-STEMbian, a free open source Linux operating system based on Raspbian for Raspberry Pi
  • C-STEM Studio, a platform for hands-on integrated learning of computing and STEM subjects with robotics; Control Linkbot and/or Lego Mindstorms NXT/EV3 robots through RoboBlockly in Raspberry Pi.
  • Using GPIO pins on Raspberry Pi and Arduino for sensory based  control of Linkbots and/or Lego Mindstorms NXT/EV3.
  • Building circuitry using a breadboard for Raspberry Pi and Arduino.
  • The GPIOviewer for tinkering with the 40 General Purpose Input/Output (GPIO) pins on Raspberry Pi
  • The Ch WiringPi Package for programming Raspberry Pi in C API to interface with its 40 GPIO pins
  • The ChDuino for tinkering with the general purpose input/output pins on Arduino board.
  • Using physical computing to interface electronic components like LEDs, buttons, and photo-resistors
  • Integrated learning of Pi and Arduino for problem solving with the same wiring C functions such as pinMode(), digitalRead(), and digitalWrite(). Learn the similarities and differences of Pi and Arduino.
  • Integrating Arduino technology with Raspberry Pi.
  • Integrating creative writing, story-telling, art, music, film production with math, programming, and robotics with a final product for RoboPlay Video Competition into Career Technical Education (CTE)
  • Participants will learn how to use the two textbooks “Learning Physical Computing with Raspberry Pi for the Absolute Beginner” and “Learning Physical Computing with Arduino for the Absolute Beginner”  to teach the following UCOP A-G approved one-semester course in the C-STEM Math-ICT  Curriculum:
    • Physical Computing with Pi and Arduino


Cost: $150/teacher without C-STEM Starter Kit. Or $200/teacher with a take-home C-STEM Starter Kit with Raspberry Pi and Arduino from Vilros. The retail price of the kit is $84.99 plus tax.  Space is limited for each session, register soon to claim your space.

  • Payment for the training has to be done by check or PO pay to “The Regents of the University of California (UC Davis C-STEM)”.
  • We must have received your payment one week before instruction has begun in order for you to be able to participate. Checks can be brought in person in the morning of the first day of instruction, 30 minutes before the instruction.
  • No refunds after instruction begins.  Any cancellations must be received in writing one week prior to the start of instruction.
  • Registration covers instruction, teaching materials,  and lunch. Other meals, transportation, and lodging are not included.
  • A Laptop running Windows XP or higher or Mac OS 10.7  or higher is necessary during the training. Please bring a laptop with you for participation in the workshop. Therefore, you can bring home all free teaching resources.
  • You need to download and install the following latest version of C-STEM Software from our downloads page prior to your arrival on the day of training.
    1. Ch Professional
    2. Linkbot Labs
    3. C-STEM Studio
    4. VNC Viewer for Google Chrome
    5. Etcher
    6. Bonjour Print Services (for Windows only. This has been installed in Mac machine by default.)

    You must have administrative privileges on the laptop to install software.

  • C-STEM Starter Kit with Raspberry Pi and Arduino, Linkbot and/or Lego Mindstorms NXT/EV3 robots will be provided during the training.
  • Attendees will receive a certificate of recognition as a C-STEM Certified Educator.
  • C-STEM partner schools using C-STEM Physical Computing with Pi and Arduino curriculum can purchase the low-cost C-STEM Starter Kit and C-STEM Sensor Kit, as well as other sensors from Vilros, with 15% discount.
  • Credits
    1. Optional Continuing Education Unit quarter credits from UC Davis Extension are available for professional development conducted at UC Davis.
    2. Certificate of Professional Development Credit hours upon training completion.

If you cannot travel to the sites where this workshop will be hold, but  are interested in attending or helping organize this workshop in a city near you, please click HERE to let us know.  If there are strong interests in a city near you, we will look into the possibility to offer one.

Interested in hosting a C-STEM professional development in your area?

If your county office of education, school district, and organization would like to host a C-STEM professional development for STEM teachers in your region, please contact us.


Testimonials from Participants of the first 1-Day Workshop on Raspberry Pi and Arduino on April 29, 2017 at UC Davis

David Salzer, Shenandoah Valley School, Amador County Unified

“The content was a great mix of direct instruction and hands on activities, I appreciate Dr. Cheng’s direct approach and mater-of-fact demeanor. At no time was I left feeling that this “free” presentation was in any way watered down or anything less than world class professional development and C-STEM exploration. The topics covered were aligned to classroom protocol and were presented with background insight punctuated with cautionary directives to be considered from an instructor’s prospective. This event was extremely well presented.”

“The Raspberry Pi/Arduino Sensor kit is more than I expected and provides me with great insight to the possibilities this type of materials can provide students.”

“The hands-on aspect, working with others in the room, and trouble-shooting were the most helpful and enjoyable aspects of the lab-experience.”

“The workshop was all-inclusive and covered well, the Raspberry Pi/Arduino Sensor kit provided. I left the workshop with no lingering questions.”

“This was a wonderful experience. Thank you for providing me with this opportunity.”


Douglas Cairns, Tulare County Office of Education

“I will bring what I learned back and incorporate it into professional development workshops. I primarily work with educators in computer science and robotics. Everything we did today will be of great value to those educators also.”

“I liked the software. It was much easier to use than what comes packaged with Raspberry Pi and Arduino. I particularly liked the uniformity in programming for both boards.”


Paul Werner, Rocklin High School, Rocklin Unified

“Great content, very relevant, easy to understand, and I see real potential for my classes, school, and district.”

“I love the Raspberry Pi, that is going to be fantastic, and I’m hoping to put it in an order for some! Currently we use the Arduino, but the interface was much better with the C-STEM Studio.”


Amy Mulgrew, Santa Catalina High School, Monterey

“It was an honor to be invited. Thank you for having me and for exposing me to all the possibilities available to my students and me!”

“It was great to be in a room with so many enthusiastic and experienced teachers. It was wonderful to network.”


Sean Raser, California High School, San Ramon Valley Unified

“Great slides and hands-on examples.”

“I think the level was perfect. Nothing was easy, but it was still challenging, which will help me remember it.”


Sara DeCuir, Hanford Elementary School District

“I was over the moon with all of the free curriculum and programs. Very well designed!”

“I absolutely loved all the activities! They were helpful in that I get to experience what students will be doing.”


Christina Whitmire, Oakley Union Elementary School District

“Loved how we learned about both the Raspberry Pi and the Arduino!”

“The hands on activities were the best part! I learned a lot!”


Veronica Stewart, Trinity Center Elementary, Trinity Center Elementary School District

“I teach art, music, and drama plus I am a STEAM project leader for our local 4H club. I am excited to show the teacher at my school how programming robots can invigorate her math lessons. I am also super pumped on starting a robotics class for our after school program and possibly coming down to Davis for a competition. When I am able to clone myself, I would really like to build a kinetic float for our town’s 4th of July parade and integrate programed circuits into the moving parts of the float…but that’s just one art idea…there’s also performances, music….it’s endless, quite honestly!”

“The look on Harry’s face and the enthusiasm he has when he’s talking tells me that he is very passionate about his work. There is a joy and excitement that he brings to these subjects that trickles down to his students and the folks around him. He is on a mission to enhance the instruction of the students coming into college starting at the roots – kind of like how elementary schools are feeder schools to the high school and then they feed the colleges. If we are to change the world, we need to change the future and the only way we can do that is through the instruction of our children. The fact that this training and all the goodies were free tells me that this mission is self-less and for the benefit of all. I am so fortunate to have been able to go for this hands-on workshop because trying to learn from videos and books is just not the same!! Please have more opportunities like this in the future!!”

“My brain was filled to the brim with computer science and inspiration. I think I retained almost all of it – for a person that has very minimal experience with computer programming and robotics, the content was perfectly absorb-able.”

“Harry and Zane have a real talent for making challenging concepts accessible.”


Dylan Besk, SIATech, Vista Unified School District

“Thank you! I’m enjoying implementing the Raspberry Pi at my site, and I look forward to more advanced implementation!”



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