Wed, August 9, 2017 | 8:00 am – 3:30 pm
We invite you to attend the 1-Day C-STEM Workshop on Integrating Computing and Robotics into Mathematics Education. This event is hosted by the Northeast Ohio STEM Ecosystem and organized in partnership with the Ohio Department of Education, Ohio Council of Teachers of Mathematics, Northwest Local School District, and University of California Davis Center for Integrated Computing and STEM Education (C–STEM) (http://c-stem.ucdavis.edu).
Through generous funding from NSF, California Math and Science Partnership grants and key Industry partners over the past several years, the C-STEM Center has been actively engaged in developing innovative computing and robotics technology for K-12 teaching and learning; creating teacher-tested curricula that are aligned with Common Core State Standards — Mathematics; and, providing engaging professional development for teachers including those without any prior computing and robotics experiences. The C-STEM Math-ICT Curriculum and C-STEM ICT Pathway provide K-12 students with up to 13 years of hands-on integrated math and computer science education with coding in Blockly and Ch/C/C++. The curricula have been implemented in over 60 school districts.
C-STEM Curriculum supports the teaching of mathematics with computer programming and robotics – either as part of a standard math course or as an elective – to give mathematical concepts context and relevance while still requiring the same amount of rigor as traditional instruction. Results have shown that teaching math with computer programming and robotics presents an unprecedented opportunity to improve the success of all students, regardless of their race, gender, family background, income, or geographic location. It is a cost-effective way to close the math achievement gap and at the same time provide computer science education for all students without adding teachers or new courses.
Students in middle school Applied Math classes in the Northwest Local School District (NLSD) recently took part in an Ohio Department of Education funded program to explore mathematical concepts using C-STEM Mathematics-ICT Curriculum for 6, 7, and 8 grades. Through both personalized and collaborative group computing and robotics activities, students learned and reinforced their algebraic thinking skills with arithmetic operations in whole and decimal numbers, fractions, measurement, variables, data conversion, lines, angles, ratios and proportions. Outcomes from the year-long control group comparison study showed significant improvements in student learning.
In this workshop, leaders and teachers from the Northwest Local School District in Cincinnati will present their findings and experiences implementing C-STEM’s integrated math with computing and robotics curricula resources. You will learn more about the C-STEM Center and the rich set of cost-effective technical and Math-ICT curricular resources available to educators and students through hands-on activities including the freely available C-STEM Studio and RoboBlockly platforms. Attendees will learn how to integrate C-STEM Raspberry Pi and Arduino technologies for physical computing into their classroom teaching and join the Maker Revolution, suitable for absolute beginners with no programming experience.
We welcome you to join us in preparing students in Ohio for college and careers through integrating computing and robotics into mathematics education!
Workshop Planning Committee
Workshop Planning Committee
Timothy Sisson, Northeast Ohio STEM Ecosystem
Leslie Silbernagel, Curriculum Supervisor, Northwest Local School District
Kim Yoak, Executive Director, Ohio Council for Teachers of Mathematics
Buddy Harris, Director, Office of Innovation, Ohio Department of Education
Harry H. Cheng, Professor and C-STEM Center Director, University of California, Davis
Organizers: Northeast Ohio STEM Ecosystem, Northwest Local School District , and the UC Davis Center for Integrated Computing and STEM Education.
Partners: Ohio Department of Education, Ohio Council of Teachers of Mathematics, Science Education Council of Ohio, Vilros
Location and Directions
Educational Service Center of Cuyahoga County
6393 Oak Tree Blvd
Independence OH 44131