As school districts work to integrate 21st-century CS education into their STEAM curriculum, one significant challenge is the need for training and professional development to bring teachers and administrators up to speed. That’s why the C-STEM Center at the University of California, Davis and Barobo are partnering to offer school districts a free one-day workshop on integrating hands-on coding, robotics, and Arduino computing activities into classroom teaching. The workshop is especially relevant for math, science, computing, robotics, and CTE teachers (grades 5-12) in learning how to challenge students to think beyond their textbooks and apply mathematical and scientific concepts to the physical world. Participants will learn how to enhance CS and STEAM education using robots, Arduino, and free curriculum activities at RoboBlockly (www.roboblockly.com) to stimulate students’ creativity and imagination, and participate in level playing field RoboPlay Competitions organized by the UC Davis C-STEM Center.
Previous coding or robotics experience is not required, and not only is the workshop itself free, but all participants will receive a free Arduino starter kit ($35 value) and full coding/robotics/Arduino curriculum as PDF files so that they can continue to experiment and explore after the workshop. Arduino microcontroller boards are the most widely used technology for hands-on DIY, physical computing, and Makerspaces.
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Schedule of Workshops
A Free One-Day Workshop for Teachers and Administrators on
"Integrating Robotics and Arduino into CS and STEAM Education"
To sign up for an upcoming professional development workshop, click on one listed in the schedule below. To request the scheduling of a free workshop in your area, click here.