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C-STEM Curriculum for Integrated Computing and STEM Education (Curriculum Exchange)

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2014 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Indianapolis, Indiana

Publication Date

June 15, 2014

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June 15, 2014

End Date

June 18, 2014



Conference Session

K-12 and Pre-College Engineering Division Curriculum Exchange

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K-12 & Pre-College Engineering

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24.249.1 - 24.249.2

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Harry H. Cheng University of California, Davis

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Harry H. Cheng is a Professor in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Graduate Group in Computer Science, and Graduate Group in Education at the University of California, Davis, where he is also the Director of the UC Davis Center for Integrated Computing and STEM Education ( and Director of the Integration Engineering Laboratory. His current research includes developing computing and robotics technologies and integrate them into STEM education in both formal and informal settings for integrated learning. From 1989 to 1992, he was a Senior Engineer for robotic automation systems with the Research and Development Division, United Parcel Service. He has authored and coauthored more than 170 papers in refereed journals and conference proceedings. He holds two U.S. patents. He is the author of the book “C for Engineers and Scientists: An Interpretive Approach” (McGraw-Hill, 2009). He is the co-founder of SoftIntegration, Inc. and Barobo, Inc. He received a M.S. degree in mathematics and a Ph.D. degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 1986 and 1989, respectively. He is a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and a Senior Member of IEEE. Dr. Cheng received the ASME’s MESA Achievement Award for a cumulative contribution to the field of Mechatronic and Embedded Systems and Applications, a Research Initiation Award from the National Science Foundation, the Best Paper Award and Best Student Paper Award at the IEEE/ASME International Conference on Mechatronic and Embedded Systems and Applications, the Procter and Gamble Best Paper Award as well as the Waldron Award at the Applied Mechanisms and Robotics Conference. He received an Outstanding Contribution Award from United Parcel Service, Inc. He was the General Chair of the 2009 ASME/ IEEE International Conference on Mechatronic and Embedded Systems and Applications and the Program Chair of the 2006 IEEE/ASME International Conference on Mechatronic and Embedded Systems and Applications.

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C-STEM Curriculum for Integrated Computing and STEM Education (Curriculum Exchange) AbstractThe C-STEM Center, in collaboration with our industry partners, has developed innovativeeducational computing and robotics technologies for K-14 hands-on learning. By working with K-14 educators, the C-STEM Center integrates computer programming and robotics into teachingSTEM subjects by creating project-based computing and robotics activities, integratedcurriculum, and hands-on personalized and collaborative learning strategies aligned withCommon Core State Standards and CTE Standards. This integration helps students makemeaningful connections between regular STEM topics and their relevance to real-lifeapplications as well as help develop students’ critical thinking and problem-solving skills. TheCenter focuses on Algebra topics, the gatekeeper for STEM disciplines, to help close theachievement gap, engage traditionally unrepresented groups and at-risk students in learningSTEM subjects while preparing all students to be career and college ready. The C-STEM middleschool curricula include Math 7 with Computing, Math 8 with Computing, ComputerProgramming with Ch, and Exploring Robotics and Film Production. The C-STEM high schoolcurricula include Algebra I with Computing, Integrated Math I with Computing, ComputerProgramming for Solving Applied Problems, Robotic Technology, and SupplementaryComputer-Aided Design and 3D Printing Curriculum. These curricula have been implementedand tested in more than 30 schools in the greater Sacramento area with different school settingsand demographic background for students in grades 6 to 12. In this presentation, thecomprehensive C-STEM curricula for integrated computing and STEM education will bepresented and demonstrated. 1

Cheng, H. H. (2014, June), C-STEM Curriculum for Integrated Computing and STEM Education (Curriculum Exchange) Paper presented at 2014 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Indianapolis, Indiana.

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