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C-STEM Elementary School Curriculum

Build, Make, and Control Your Own Robot to Learn Math, Computer Science, and Science

 A Success Story: Improving 3rd Grade Standard Math Test Scores by 72% Over 4 Years

Through C-STEM Math-ICT curriculum, K-6 students learn math, computer science, and science through building, making, and coding. Students can quickly build their own robots by snapping Linkbot and accessories together. They can then readily control and program their robots using user-friendly RoboBlockly in drag-and-drop coding.

CS/STEAM with Robotics (a sequence of seven courses from grades K to 6)

These courses introduce students fundamentals of CS and STEAM with robotics in compliant with Computer Science Standards. Students will not only learn computer science, science, and engineering, but also gain experience and skills in arts, fine motor coordination, design, spatial relations, graphing, following directions, etc. Symbol-based blocks and multi-languages are used to help students who are English language learners. Students do not need prior coding or robotics experience.

Mathematics with Robotics (a sequence of seven courses from grades K to 6)

These course are for students to learn mathematical concepts in the Common Core State Standards – Mathematics through practical applications with hands-on coding and robotics activities. Students can wrote code in blockly, which can generate corresponding C/C++ computer programs, to control  a single robot and/or multiple robots. Through  both personalized and collaborative group computing and robotics activities, students learn and reinforce the algebraic thinking with arithmetic operations in whole and decimal numbers, number line,  fractions, measurement, variables, data conversion, lines, angles, ratios, proportions, and linear relation.  The hands-on computing and experiments help students make meaningful connections between abstract math concepts and their relevance to real-life applications, as well as help develop students’ critical thinking and problem-solving skills.


Watch the following 7-minutes video on Transforming K-2 Math Education with Coding and Robotics, put together by teachers at Hacienda La Puente USD and presented at 2020 10th Annual C-STEM Conference. It shows how the C-STEM program engages and motivates both students and teachers, even at the lowest grade levels and in a distance learning context, and with the capability of learning math in both English and Spanish, and other languages.