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

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This Free 1-Day Workshop on Physical Computing with Robotics and Arduino is geared for grades 5-12 STEM teachers to introduce physical computing and robotics to their classrooms and afterschool programs and facilitate a hands-on, engaging learning experience for their students. Participants will become better educated on the latest technologies and strategies for teaching real-world technology skills in existing STEM courses. The workshop will allow teachers and their students to think beyond their textbooks to apply the mathematical and scientific concepts they are learning to the physical world.

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. In this workshop we will discuss the trends of technology, best teaching practices, and how to integrate new technologies for success rather than for integration’s sake. By integrating for success, computing and robotics will complement your teaching and provide a unique hands-on and engaging learning environment to your students. Using freely available RoboBlockly and C-STEM Studio and low-cost materials,   as well as C-STEM Math-ICT curriculum, we will explore how easy it is to use the latest technologies and tools to revamp your existing STEM course. C-STEM collaborates with school districts to successfully close the achievement gap by teaching through real-world tools and technology while still meeting the Common Core, NGSS, CTE, and CS Standards.

Attendees will be introduced to:

  • Maker-friendly robotics and making technologies and how to bring them to your classroom or afterschool programs.
  • Classroom-friendly robotics and making technologies and how to bring them to your classroom or afterschool programs.
  • RoboBlockly for learning math, coding, robotics, and Arduino
  • C-STEM Studio, a platform for hands-on integrated learning of computing and STEM subjects with robotics, Arduino, and Raspberry Pi.
  • Building circuitry and using physical computing to interface electronic components like LEDs, buttons, and photo-resistors with Arduino, Linkbot, and Lego NXT/EV3.


We encourage multiple teachers from the same school to participate in this professional development. The first school with three or more teachers registered and participating will receive a take-home Barobo Arduino Uno Starter Kit and linkbot Starter Kit as well as a one-year Ch license for the laptops of participating teachers.

  • Date: See registration page. Please check back, more sessions in different regions will be added.
  • Registration: Space is limited for each session, please register soon. Due to limited availability, we may be forced to turn away excellent educators for a session. If you are not selected, we hope that you will register again in the future in different sessions.

What you need to bring:

  • A laptop running Windows XP or higher or Mac OS 10.7 or higher with the latest versions of the following software installed from our downloads page:
    • Ch Professional
    • Linkbot Labs
    • C-STEM Studio

NOTE: Administrative privileges are required to install this software.

Interested in hosting a C-STEM professional development in your area?

If you cannot travel to the sites where this workshop will be hold, but  are interested in attending or helping organize this workshop in a city near you, please contact us.  If there are strong interests in a city near you, we will look into the possibility to offer one.

If your county office of education, school district, and organization would like to host a C-STEM professional development for STEM teachers in your district, county, and region, please contact us.

Testimonials from Participants of previous 1-Day Workshops

David Salzer, Shenandoah Valley School, Amador County Unified

“The content was a great mix of direct instruction and hands on activities, I appreciate Dr. Cheng’s direct approach and matter-of-fact demeanor. At no time was I left feeling that this “free” presentation was in any way watered down or anything less than world class professional development and C-STEM exploration. The topics covered were aligned to classroom protocol and were presented with background insight punctuated with cautionary directives to be considered from an instructor’s perspective. This event was extremely well presented.”

Amy Mulgrew, Santa Catalina High School, Monterey

“It was an honor to be invited. Thank you for having me and for exposing me to all the possibilities available to my students and me!”

“It was great to be in a room with so many enthusiastic and experienced teachers. It was wonderful to network.”

Sean Raser, California High School, San Ramon Valley Unified

“Great slides and hands-on examples.”

“I think the level was perfect. Nothing was easy, but it was still challenging, which will help me remember it.”

Sara DeCuir, Hanford Elementary School District

“I was over the moon with all of the free curriculum and programs. Very well designed!”

“I absolutely loved all the activities! They were helpful in that I get to experience what students will be doing.”

Veronica Stewart, Trinity Center Elementary, Trinity Center Elementary School District

“I teach art, music, and drama plus I am a STEAM project leader for our local 4H club. I am excited to show the teacher at my school how programming robots can invigorate her math lessons. I am also super pumped on starting a robotics class for our after school program and possibly coming down to Davis for a competition. When I am able to clone myself, I would really like to build a kinetic float for our town’s 4th of July parade and integrate programed circuits into the moving parts of the float…but that’s just one art idea…there’s also performances, music….it’s endless, quite honestly!”

“The look on Harry’s face and the enthusiasm he has when he’s talking tells me that he is very passionate about his work. There is a joy and excitement that he brings to these subjects that trickles down to his students and the folks around him. He is on a mission to enhance the instruction of the students coming into college starting at the roots – kind of like how elementary schools are feeder schools to the high school and then they feed the colleges. If we are to change the world, we need to change the future and the only way we can do that is through the instruction of our children. The fact that this training and all the goodies were free tells me that this mission is self-less and for the benefit of all. I am so fortunate to have been able to go for this hands-on workshop because trying to learn from videos and books is just not the same!! Please have more opportunities like this in the future!!”

“My brain was filled to the brim with computer science and inspiration. I think I retained almost all of it – for a person that has very minimal experience with computer programming and robotics, the content was perfectly absorb-able.”

“Harry and Zane have a real talent for making challenging concepts accessible.”

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