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Free C-STEM 1-Day Workshop on Raspberry Pi and Arduino for Physical Computing


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on Raspberry Pi and Arduino for Physical Computing

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The free C-STEM 1-Day Workshop on Raspberry Pi and Arduino  for Physical Computing will provide K-14 teachers with hands-on experience on how to  integrate ultra-low-cost computers of Raspberry Pi (for as low as $5) and Arduino into their classroom teaching of STEM, computer science, making,  and robotics courses. This 1-Day workshop will give the participants the skills and knowledge necessary to be creative with physical computing and making, no matter their experience level.

At the end of workshop, each participant will receive a C-STEM Starter Kit for Raspberry Pi and Arduino from Vilros for free. 

The workshop will introduce teachers to:

  • Maker-friendly technology
  • A range of ideas for interfacing hardware and software in the classroom
  • 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 Lego Mindstorms NXT/EV3 robots in Raspberry Pi.
  • The GPIOviewer for tinkering with the 40 General Purpose Input/Output (GPIO) pins on Raspberry Pi
  • The Ch WiringPi Package for programming Raspberry Pi to interface with its 40 GPIO pins
  • The ChDuino for tinkering with the general purpose input/output bins 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 functions such as pinMode(), digitalRead(), and digitalWrite(). Learn the similarities and differences of Pi and Arduino.
  • Integrating Arduino technology with Raspberry Pi
  • The Web-Based Computing in Raspberry Pi for web-based data acquisition and visualization.
  • Integrating  Raspberry Pi and Arduino into Computer Science, Engineering, Robotics courses, as well as afterschool and summer camps
  • Integrating computing and robotics into math with Common Core State Standards — Mathematics (CCSSM)
  • Integrating computer programming with computational thinking, engineering, robotics, and microcontroller into science education with Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)


If you cannot travel to UC Davis or San Diego, but  are interested in attending or helping organize a 1-Day Workshop on Raspberry Pi and Arduino for Physical Computing in a city near you, please click HERE to let us know.  If there are strong interests in a city near you, we look into the possibility to offer one.

UC Davis

  • Date:  June 24, 2017
  • Time: 8:30am – 4:30 pm
  • Location: UC Davis, Bainer Hall, Room 2121A, Davis, CA
  • Cost: Free
  • Registration Deadline – June 10, 2017
  • We will notify you shortly after the registration deadline of your acceptance status.

Registration – Register here

  • Deadline – June 10, 2017. Applicants will be notified of their acceptance status shortly after the registration deadline.
  • Due to limited availability, we may be forced to turn away many excellent educators for the above sessions. If you are not selected, we hope that you will apply again in the future.
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(More sessions will be scheduled soon. Please check back with us again.)

Cost: Free. 

  • Each participant will receive a C-STEM Starter Kit for Raspberry Pi and Arduino with C-STEMbian pre-installed from Vilros for free. 
  • Linkbot robots and computers will be provided during the training.
  • You may bring a Laptop running Windows XP or higher or Mac OS 10.7  or higher, but it is not necessary or required.  You must have administrative privileges on the laptop to install the latest software for the C-STEM program, which can be downloaded from our Downloads page. Therefore, you can continue exploring and learning after the workshop with the free C-STEM Starter Kit with Raspberry Pi and Arduino from Vilros.

Dr. Harry Cheng
Zane Miller
James Gappy


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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