“Oh my gosh! I barely can contain myself....soooo fun!!! So challenging and so rewarding at the same time!!!”
- Jessica Fernandez, Math Teacher,Glen Edwards Middle School, California
Formal evaluations suggest that the program increases student interest and achievement in computing, robotics and STEM. Student participants are 33% Hispanic, 20% Asian, 19% Caucasian, 14% multi-racial, 9% African-American, 4% Pacific Islander, and 2% American Indian. The annual RoboPlay competitions on C-STEM Day are designed to engage underperforming students and schools, who regularly win or place alongside high achieving students.
C-STEM Center aims to transform computing, science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (C-STEM) education in both formal and informal K-14 programs. The Center works with K-14 educators to integrate computer programming and robotics into STEM subjects through hands-on, personalized and collaborative learning strategies.
C-STEM Center has two key objectives:
Using cutting-edge research, the C-STEM Center and its industry partners have developed innovative, hands-on educational computing strategies in C/C++, modular robotics, and robot simulation technologies. The Center also trains STEM educators to use these innovative materials and strategies effectively.
The Center focuses on Algebra topics, the gatekeeper for STEM disciplines. By making connections across the STEM disciplines, the it also helps students link regular STEM topics to real-life experiences while developing critical thinking and problem-solving skills.
The C-STEM Center and its partners organize annual curriculum-based RoboPlay and Math Programming Competitions on C-STEM Day to further engage students in project-based team activities. These competitions showcase students’ accomplishments and creativity in not only math and engineering, but also in writing, art, music, and film production.
In its undergraduate admission application for all UC campuses, the University of California officially recognizes participation in the C-STEM program, C-STEM student individual and team awards, and extracurricular activities as achievements that have prepared students for college and career.
It costs approximately $12,000 to implement the program at a school, including annual subscription, professional development, textbooks, software and a class set of robotic hardware. There are also many different roles for volunteers at C-STEM, including speaking at school sites, mentoring student teams or volunteering at the annual C-STEM Day competitions. Anyone who has a passion for robotics, can’t get enough algebra, loves teaching, or just likes helping students in the community can get involved.
Jennifer Mullin, Program Manager
The programs in this database clear a high bar. STEMworks reviewed each program against CTEq's Design Principles for Effective STEM Philanthropy.
Identify and target a compelling and well-defined need.
Use rigorous evaluation to continuously measure and inform progress towards the compelling need identified.
Ensure work is sustainable.
Demonstrate replicability and scalability.
Create high impact partnerships
Ensure organizational capacity to achieve goals.
Offer challenging and relevant STEM content for the target audience
Incorporate and encourage STEM practices.
Inspire interest and engagement in STEM.
Identify and address the needs of under-represented groups.