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Conference Breakout Sessions

Session Title and Descriptions Participant Focus
A. C-STEM Train-the-Trainer Program:  District and County-wide, and Regional Implementation Administrators of all levels are encouraged to attend this session. Learn how the C-STEM Train-the-Trainer program provides district and county office of education personnel as well as college and university faculty the opportunity to become certified C-STEM Trainers enabling them to provide C-STEM certified training and leadership in their geographic area. Hear how the Center is successfully working with districts and county offices of education to provide curriculum, technical support, professional development, summer camps and other student-centered events such as the annual C-STEM Day student robotics competition. A
B. Digital Media and Language Arts: Integrate Writing and Art into STEM Education and C-STEM RoboPlay Video Competition Incorporating digital media and language arts into STEM activities is appealing to many students who may initially be reluctant to participate in STEM due to prior misconceptions about the field. Experienced teachers will showcase their C-STEM RoboPlay Videos and take you through the key steps of creating a robot video, illustrating the connection between English language arts, digital media and traditional STEM subjects. Best practices, successes and challenges in creating these videos will be shared from plot conception, story and character development, choreography, soundtrack, robotic programming,3D design and video production to editing. E M H
C. Algebra 1 and Integrated Math 1 with Computing and Robotics: Open the Gate for STEM Careers Student success in Algebra has been recognized as a gatekeeper to STEM Careers that unfortunately far too many students are not passing. In this session C-STEM teachers will discuss their implementation of C-STEM’s Algebra 1 and Integrated Math 1 curriculum to close the math achievement gap. Teachers will show how the C-STEM A-G Approved courses, with C Math credit, have helped them to guide their students through challenging mathematics topics while simultaneously teaching students programming and computational thinking. Learn how teachers are using the curriculum and other associated resources to support students who have struggled or have failed in the past. Teacher will discuss how specific lessons have impacted their student’s learning and share resources that are aligned with the Common Core. HA
D. Middle School Math: Enhancing CCSS through C-STEM Hear how a panel of Middle School Math teachers have incorporated CCSS aligned C-STEM curriculum in their Math 7 and Math 8 classes to develop and expand students’ understanding and application of mathematics content and Standards for Mathematical Practice. Panelist will actively engage the audience in specific lessons where students analyze real life situations, identify given information, formulate mathematical steps to find a solution, and analyze the results for accuracy, all within the context of computer programming.  Teachers will also share how their students are motivated to collaborate on critical thinking activities based on algebraic topics while developing their ability to effectively communicate, listen, share responsibility and respectfully address the suggestions of others. M
E. Elementary School Math: Learning Early Math Concepts with through C-STEM Hear how a panel of Elementary School Math teachers have incorporated C-STEM curriculum in their Elementary Math classes. Hear how C-STEM activities are supporting early learners in building confidence and understanding of abstract math concepts through applied hands-on robotics and programming activities. E
F. RoboBlockly: Hands-on Experience for the Absolute Beginners on how to  Engage Students in Computing, Robotics and Math New to C-STEM? Come learn about C-STEM’s RoboBlockly, a web-based robot integrated development environment (IDE) for programming Linkbot and Lego Mindstorms NXT/EV3 that is based on Google’s Blockly. RoboBlockly is designed for absolute beginners to help them to quickly and successfully learn to code using math and robotics. All math activities in RoboBlockly are Common Core State Standards for Mathematics aligned. RoboBlockly prepares students to program in C/C++, the most widely used conventional text-based language in industry and college and can run in any modern browser without installing software and is independent of computer operating systems and devices. Attendees must bring their own laptop (Windows XP or Mac OS 10.7.5 or higher laptop) with a web-browser. E M H B
G. C-STEM Day with RoboPlay Challenge Competition  Join our C-STEM Day organizers and experienced teachers to learn how to prepare your students for this year’s event! See how you can bring competition-based learning into your class room with RoboSim, a robot simulation environment for programming both virtual Linkbot and Lego Mindstorms NXT/EV3 robots in the C/C++ interpreter Ch. Learn more about the types of challenges students will be working on during C-STEM day and interact with educators whose students have participated in the prior years’ events. This session will provide opportunities for participants to explore and share tips, techniques and strategies for preparing student teams for the annual event in addition to bringing the competition activities into a classroom learning environment. E M HA
H. The Science Connection: C-STEM and NGSS The Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) have changed the way science, technology and engineering intersect, providing a wealth of opportunities to engage students in science through computing and engineering. Science teachers will discuss the science standards and topics where they have included C-STEM as well as demonstrate an NGSS-aligned physical science lesson that includes Linkbots and programming tasks. M H
I. Introductory ICT Pathway: Kindling Students Passion for Computing! Research has shown the importance of attracting students to STEM in elementary and middle schools. A panel of teachers will discuss  the ways they have engaged their students, specifically female and unrepresented groups, inspiring them to go on to higher level STEM courses and become motivated to pursue STEM in college and in careers. EM
J. Outside the Classroom: Integrating C-STEM in After School Program After school programs and clubs allow students to explore material that can’t be covered in the traditional 8-3 school day. C-STEM curriculum not only can be used in formal programs, but also in informal programs. Come to hear how a group of teachers and volunteers have implemented C-STEM curriculum in afterschool programs to enhance students learning in the formal curriculum, including preparation and participation in the C-STEM Day RoboPlay Competition. E M H A
K.Hands-on C-STEM Robotics and Curriculum Experience for the Absolute Beginners New to C-STEM? Come to learn how C-STEM is bringing programming and robotics into classrooms and afterschool programs in ways that are engaging all students through hands-on activities and opportunities for competition-based learning. Come to have a first-hand experience on how computing and robotics can be easily integrated into your teaching of STEM subjects. Attendees must bring their own laptop (Windows XP or Mac OS 10.7.5 or higher laptop) with software pre-loaded. E MH B
L. Summer Program: Girls In Robotic Leadership (GIRL) Camps, and Extended-Year or Summer School Programs Schools and districts can take advantage of the C-STEM computing resources and robotics infrastructure to use in their summer programs. The C-STEM GIRL camps are focused on motivating middle school girls through peer mentoring to teach computing and STEM concepts through a fun and exciting robotics-based curriculum that culminates with the creation of a C-STEM Day RoboPlay Video. Come listen to how the C-STEM curriculum is being successfully integrated into the GIRL camps and district extended-year or summer school programs. GIRL Camps are funded by various sponsors and free for camp participants. E M H A
M. Advanced ICT Pathway: Expanding Students Expertise Students in C-STEM programs are exposed to computing through the required math courses and inspired to dive in more advanced ICT pathways. C-STEM has four A-G approved courses in an ICT Pathway. In this session, a panel of CTE/ROP teachers and administrators discuss their experience in C-STEM elective computing and robotics courses in middle and high schools to prepare students for computing related STEM careers. They will describe how they use C-STEM curriculum with Arduino and other robotics platforms. MH
N. Integrated Math 2 &3: Integrating Computing and Robotics into Advanced High School Math Hear how teachers bring C-STEM high school math curriculum for Integrated Mathematics 2 and 3 with Computing and Robotics courses, both approved for A-G for C Math Credit, to their students. Learn first-hand from practicing teachers their most effective methods for reinforcing and extending students’ knowledge of mathematical concepts using the C-STEM curriculum. Come see how computing and robotics can be integrated to IM2, IM3, Geometry and Algebra 2 to enhance student learning. H
O. Tools/Strategies for C-STEM Classroom Instruction, Management and Assessment Have you wondered what type of instructional, management, and assessment tools would help your C-STEM implementation be more effective? Come attend our roundtable session presented by teachers using these tools to make their lives easier! E M H 


E Appropriate for Elementary School Teachers
M Appropriate for Middle School Teachers
H Appropriate for High School Teachers
A Appropriate for Administrators
B BYOD – Bring your own Device (Windows XP or higher or MAC OS 10.7.5 or higher unless specified)