C-STEM Center Providing Free Tools, Teacher Resources for Distance Learning in Math
By Andy Fell on March 25, 2020
"With many K-12 schools closed nationwide, teachers and students can now get free access to tools for online learning in mathematics and computer science from the Center for Integrated Computing and STEM Education, or C-STEM, at the University of California, Davis.
The California Department of Education has told school districts to plan for distance learning, said C-STEM Center Director Harry Cheng, professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering at UC Davis.
'With our partners, we are stepping up to this unprecedented challenge by providing many of our resources free of charge to schools and districts,' Cheng said.
Screenshot from C-STEM distance learning software for math and computer science. Students solve math problems by programming virtual robots.
Available tools and resources include the RoboBlockly visual programming tool for kindergarten through 11th grade and the C-STEM Studio suite of tools and software for grades five through 11. The C-STEM software is designed to work with hardware including Barobo Linkbot robots, Arduino controllers and Raspberry Pi computers but can also be used with 'virtual' robots and hardware."