~ June 2015 ~

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Important Dates to Remember

2015 C-STEM Day
The 2015 C-STEM Day took place at two locations: Davis and Irvine, California on Saturday May 30th, 2015.  Both events were a great success, and fun was to be had by all!  We send our deep gratitude out to all of our volunteers, without whom these events would not be possible.  A big thank you to all of the teachers whose time and effort paid off in their students' performance!

C-STEM Day Winners:

C-STEM Day Items of Note:

-  This year, a team from Roosevelt Middle School in Oakland Unified School District participated for the first time in the C-STEM Day RoboPlay Challenge Competition. Nearly 90% of students in the school are in the free lunch or reduced lunch program and they have a large number of English Language Learners. As the RoboPlay Challenge is a level-playing field robot competition, regardless of students' social-economic status and background, any team has the possibility of success. The team won the 3rd place in the UC Davis Regional Competition. As one student said during the award ceremony, "I am so excited, this is my first time I won a medal and I will come to compete again next year!" 

-  The American Canyon teams from Napa Valley Unified were featured in two articles due to their resounding success this year in the RoboPlay Challenge competition: Napa Valley Register,  Times Herald.  The American Canyon teams placed 1st in Division 1 and Division 2 for the UC Davis Regional as well as 1st in Statewide Division 1.

- Susan Johnson, a math teacher from Livermore High School, reported that all four female team members of last year's RoboPlay Challenge Competition went on to college, where three are majoring in computer science (CalTech, UC Berkeley, and Cal Poly) and one is studying in Biology at UC Davis aiming for medical school. This was a huge shift in their educational trajectory, as none of them would have considered computer science majors, had they not participated in the C-STEM program. This year, the Livermore team won 1st place in Division 3 at UC Davis Regional.

-  Riverbend Elementary was also featured in their local newspaper, the Appeal Democrat, pre and post competition, as they prepared for the 2015 C-STEM Day. "When they write a computer program that controls a robot, they run the program and watch their calculations come to life," said Ben Gonzales, Riverbend math teacher and adviser to the Riverbend Robotics after-school club. 

-  Yassi Motamed, from TeWinkle Middle School in Orange County, was ecstatic to bring students to the competition for the second year: "My students worked so hard all year, they learned SO much, and they enjoyed themselves. Of course they were overjoyed to win first place, but beyond that there are some future engineers in those groups and they never would have known that without this program. This also showed them that hard work and dedication is what makes you successful, it doesn't matter where you came from or what your parents do, but when you work hard you can achieve anything. I know it sounds clich√©, but for my kids that is true. THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart for giving me this opportunity and for bringing this program to our schools!"  TeWinkle Middle School has a student population with 75% Hispanic, 24% white, and 1% are of a variety of other races. English Learners make up about 30% of the school's population.

2015 C-STEM Summer Institute
The C-STEM Summer Institute is right around the corner! This professional development is designed to train K-14 STEM teachers on the principles of robotics and computing and how to integrate them into STEM classes. The institute will be held at UC Davis. There are two one-week courses offered:

June 29 - July 3
: Common Core Mathematics with Computing and Robotics
July 6-July 10Robotics Activities and Computer Programming for Solving Applied Problems

Final Registration: June 20 $799 for 1 course|$1399 for both

Educators are encouraged to take one or both courses to start integrating computing and robotics into their teaching. CEU credits and on-campus housing are available for participants. 

For teachers who have no prior computer programming experience, we recommend that you attend the entire two-week summer institute.More information regarding the program and registration can be found on the website

Train-the-Trainer Program
The C-STEM Train-the-Trainer Program allows district and county office of education personnel, as well as college and university faculty of C-STEM Affiliates, to become certified C-STEM Trainers who can hold C-STEM certified training for the C-STEM curriculum in their geographic area.  Certified C-STEM Trainers have prerequisite eligibility requirements related to programming, teaching, and coaching/mentoring experience as well as a necessary agreement between the C-STEM Center and the C-STEM Affiliate.

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