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Professional Development

Due to social distancing measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19, C-STEM Professional Development will be conducted remotely.



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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

This was incredible. I have been to A LOT of trainings, and this was by far the best!

Allen Thoe, Computer Science Teacher, Citrus Valley High School, California

I really loved this training. In over 20 years of teaching I can’t remember another one I enjoyed so much.

Sandy Andersen, Math Teacher, La Sierra High School, California

How can I integrate all of this into my already jam-packed curriculum and still meet all of the standards?

There is an overwhelming amount of technology available for teaching, learning, and making. C-STEM staff and trainers have over a decade of experience revamping traditional STEM curricula with physical computing and robotics.

C-STEM provides unique professional development for K-14 teachers without any prior computing and robotics experience to use freely available C-STEM Studio and RoboBlockly,  as well as C-STEM Math-ICT curriculum  effectively using Barobo Linkbot, Arduino, and Raspberry Pi.  We can bring the C-STEM professional development opportunities to your school, district, county, and region through FREE 1-Day Workshop, 2-Day Workshop,  1-Week Institute, 1-Week Workshop, On-Site Training, and Trainer Program.

The extensive self-guided video tutorials for using C-STEM Studio and  video tutorials for RoboBlockly are available free for teachers and students.

You may also now use DonorsChoose to seek funding for your Professional Development training.

To view the list of upcoming Professional Development events or to register for any events, click the link below

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FREE 1-Day Workshop on Physical Computing with Arduino and Robotics

This 1-day workshop  will provide k-14 teachers with an introduction and  hands-on experience on physical computing with Arduino and robots.  C-STEM challenges students to think beyond their textbooks to apply the mathematical and scientific concepts they are learning to the physical world.  Participants will learn how to bring physical computing and free C-STEM resources into their classroom teaching of STEM, computer science, making,  and robotics courses. Whether or not you have previous coding and robotics experience, you will enjoy the workshop enormously.
Click here for more information about Free 1-Day Workshop.

2-Day Workshop on Integrated Computing and STEM Education with Robotics and Arduino

This 2-day workshop  will provide K-14 teachers with hands-on experience on physical computing using general purpose input/output (GPIO) pins with Raspberry Pi (for as low as $5) and Arduino, control of Linkbot and NXT/EV3 robots through Pi, and how to bring physical computing and free C-STEM resources into their classroom teaching of STEM, computer science, making,  and robotics courses. Participants will learn how to use STEM Studio and RoboBlockly, as well as C-STEM  C-STEM Math-ICT  curriculum  with interactive coding, making, and robotics that aligns with Common Core Math and ICT Sectore standards to develop students’ 21st century problem-solving skills and better prepare students for college and careers. Click here for more information about 2-Day Workshop.

1-Week Institute on Integrating Computing and Robotics into Math, CS, and  STEAM Education

This intensive 1-week institute is designed to provide professional development for K-14 teachers on the principles of robotics, coding, physical computing with Arduino and robotics, and how to integrate them into STEM classes. Teachers learn computer programming, computational thinking, and problem-solving with coding using freely available C-STEM StudioRoboBlockly, and  Ch Arduino. Teachers will learn specific teaching pedagogy and classroom implementation strategies for integrating computing and robotics activities into math, science and engineering curricula, as well as how to support the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) using the C-STEM integrated  curriculum with interactive computing, programming, and robotics. Teachers also learn how to teach and reinforce mathematical concepts through practical applications with hands-on computing and robotics activities. These activities reinforce logical reasoning and critical thinking skills through computing activities in which students write functions, visualize, process, save and plot experimental and hypothetical data. Teachers will get the first-hand experience of C-STEM RoboPlay Competition and learn to advise their students to participate in this level-playing field robot competition. Click here for more information about 1-Week Institute.

1-Week Workshop on Arduino,  Raspberry Pi, and Robot Sensors

The 1-week workshop provides professional development for K-14 teachers on electronics, sensors, and physical computing. Arduino  and Raspberry Pi can be programmed  through the freely available C-STEM Studio  in Ch Arduino, ChIDE, and Arduino IDE. Ch Arduino  package is the easiest way to get started tinkering with electronics using Arduino. Ch Arduino is a simple graphical user interface to interact with I/O pins of Arduino boards. C/C++ interpreter Ch is the simplest possible way to program Arduino using the standard Arduino C functions. The Raspberry Pi is a low-cost card-sized computer.  Participants will learn the software development concepts for interface with hardware using Arduino and Raspberry Pi with various enlightening examples. The participants also learn the principles and design of Cyber-Physical Systems using advanced robot sensors with Linkbot Uno packs. Participants will learn the design thinking and product realization. This workshop is designed for K-14 teachers and their students to join the Maker Movement,  to integrate Arduino and Raspberry Pi into science and engineering curriculum,  to develop their won robotics systems. Click here for more information about 1-Week Workshop.

On-Site Professional Development

On-site training is available from the C-STEM’s qualified trainers. You supply the training room, computers and robots (or robot kits) and we supply the expertise.  Professional development tailored to your school and district setting is available, but a minimum of two days is required. Click here for more information about the On-Site Professional Development.

Train-the-Trainer Institute

The 2-Day C-STEM  Train-the-Trainer Institute provides professional development for  C-STEM Teachers and math/science/CS/CTE coordinators in C-STEM Trainer Program  to become Certified C-STEM Trainers who can provide C-STEM certified training for teachers in different regions.  Click here for more information about the Train-the-Trainer Institute.

Interested in hosting a C-STEM Professional Development in your area?

If your organization would like to host a C-STEM Professional Development for STEM teachers in your region, please contact us.


2012 C-STEM Summer Institute on Integrated Computing and STEM Education (click the above picture to show a video)

Testimonials from Participants of the C-STEM Professional Development:

Simply the best staff development training I have ever been to. In my experience, practicing classroom teachers always give the best advice, and the UC Davis C-STEM program offers this.

Doug Obrigawitch – Math Teacher and Department Chair, Manteca High School

The trainers did an amazing job taking very divergent topics (programming, robotics, math) and making it all very accessible for me.  It all came together.

Glen Warren, McPherson Magnet, Orange Unified School District

Excellent program.  I really enjoyed learning to integrate Algebra into coding.  It makes a lot of sense, I didn’t know it was possible to just jump in and teach robotics but now I feel confident.  I love the support we received; I can’t stop thinking of different ways of teaching my classes with robotics and programming.

Marilyn Cunneen, Marina High School, HBYHSD

Top notch instructors and instruction, excellent facilities and great group of teachers in attendance.  I don’t always get a chance to thoroughly enjoy a workshop with such high standards.

Mickey Bowen, K-12 STEM Outreach Director, Edwards Air Force Base

This was exceedingly fun and valuable. With the new Common Core State Standards arriving, I can see many uses and support through robotics & programming. This was one of the better training classes I have been to.  It got me excited to take this back to my classroom.

Daniel Leedy, Corona Del Mar H.S., Newport Mesa U.S.D

Was outstanding and super useful as it will allow me to align already existing curriculum developed by my PLC at my school site. I had been trying to integrate computer coding in my lessons, this workshop will save me a lot of time and provide additional tools and resources.

Edwin Contreras, Hillsdale High School, San Mateo Unified School District

The training was outstanding for me, with little or really old programming experience. Can’t wait to use this in class!

Karen Brown, Fallon Middle, Dublin Unified

I really enjoyed the C-STEM P.D. I am looking forward to integrating the bots and programming into my science curriculum. My students will see the real world process of developing and programing their machine.

Jim Parsons, Fallon Middle School, Dublin USD

The C-STEM P.D. day made me see how technology could be implemented into our middle school. This could help students career. Instead of abstract book work students will be able to apply what they have learned in a meaningful way.

Viet Dinh, Fallon Middle, Dublin USD

I learned that I love computer programming and if you can get me to love this than you must be doing something right! If I love it then it will be so much easier to inspire my students.

Amber Rafferty at Cambridge Elementary

I am overwhelmed by how you accommodated our group. I have never experienced a PD that was so concerned with the feedback of their attendees, thank you so much for all your hard work, it was truly amazing to be a part of this workshop!

Thank you thank you thank you thank! I never thought the phrase “computer programming” and my name would ever be in the same sentence and now I just sit on my couch and program for fun. I am so excited to bring this to my classroom.

Kelly Matson, 6th/7th/8th Grade Math & US History