California STEAM Symposium 2022
On October 1, our President, Varun Srivastava, and our Vice-President, Shriyaa Narayanan, presented at the 10th Annual California STEAM Symposium about using programming across subject areas and curriculum using Scratch, and how the platform can serve as a powerful introduction to computer science and programming.
Our President, Varun Srivastava, presented about implementing AI and Machine Learning in computer science curriculum and its advantages in education with Citrus Valley CS teacher Mr. Allan Thoe and Clement Middle School C-STEM teacher Mr. Joshua Barnor.
RUSD Virtual Coding Workshops 2022
Our co-founder, Vidhi Srivastava, our President, Varun Srivastava, and our Vice President, Shriyaa Narayanan, worked with student volunteers and Redlands Unified School District to host coding workshops during the school year for all students from Redlands Unified School District every Sunday from 4-5pm to teach them programming and encourage them to pursue a career in computer science in the future. Altogether, they coding workshops taught about 4200 students throughout the Sunday sessions.
RUSD-UCR Summer Robotics Academy 2021
From July 12th to July 23rd, co-founder Vidhi Srivastava, along with Associate Professor Konstantinos Karydis, grad student Hanzhe Tang, and Citrus Valley CS teacher Mr. Allan Thoe, instructed 27 middle school girls in coding and robotics with the Makeblock Ultimate 2.0. Upon receiving an NSF CAREER grant for opportunities for girls in STEM, Professor Karydis developed a 40-hour curriculum with in which the girls assembled and programmed their own robots to complete complex challenges such as independently following a delineated path using a color sensor, detecting obstacles, and retrieving objects using an ultrasonic sensor.
RUSD-UCR Summer Engineering Academy 2021
From July 12th to July 23rd, President Varun Srivastava, along with Associate Professor Roman Chomko and RHS physics teacher Mr. Aaron Devoe, instructed 60 high school students in assembling and programming the Elegoo Smart Robotic Car with Arduino. Upon receiving an NSF CAREER grant, Professor Chomko developed a 40-hour curriculum in which the students assembled and programmed their own Smart Cars to complete complex challenges.
RUSD Virtual Coding Workshops 2021
Our President, Vidhi Srivastava, and Vice President, Varun Srivastava, worked with student volunteers and Redlands Unified School District to host coding workshops during the school year for all students from Redlands Unified School District every Sunday from 4-5pm to teach them programming and encourage them to pursue a career in computer science in the future.
California STEAM Symposium 2020
On December 12th, 2020, our Vice-President, Varun Srivastava, gave a presentation on roboblockly, an online coding environment made for C-STEM by UC Davis and how it can be used to teach STEAM subjects, like science and math, while learning programming and robotics.
On November 30th, 2020, our President, Vidhi Srivastava, gave a presentation on using Arduino in the classroom to teach programming and the different activities that can be done. She also demonstrated how TinkerCad could be used to simulate projects before they are actually built and tested.
RUSD Coding Workshops 2020
Our President, Vidhi Srivastava, and Vice President, Varun Srivastava, worked with student volunteers and Redlands Unified School District to host coding workshops from October - December for all students from Redlands Unified School District every Sunday from 4-5pm to teach them programming and encourage them to pursue a career in computer science in the future.
Our Vice-President, Varun Srivastava, presented virtually at STEPCon on October 8th, 2020. He discussed programming using the Artist software on Code.org and SPRK+ robots.
California Clean Air Day 2020
Our student team hosted the second California Clean Air Day in Redlands on October 7th, 2020. To replace an in-person event, our team worked with Redlands Unified School District to present students with the Do Your Bit app challenge and a poster contest to encourage students to present information on how everyday citizens can help reduce air pollution by making small changes to their lifestyles.
Snap The Gap Program
Beginning in January of 2020, our President worked with a group of student volunteers from Redlands High School to bring the Snap The Gap program to Lugonia Elementary School. Snap The Gap is a grant-funded initiative that uses three proven components to impact the STEM opportunity gap: experiential learning with STEM inventor kits (LittleBits), mentorship, and expanded learning opportunities.
AAUW STEM Conference 2020
Our President, Vidhi Srivastava, and Treasurer, Samar Hyder, presented at the AAUW STEM Conference on February 25th. They ran sessions on LittleBits and their limitless possibilities.
C-STEM Symposium 2020
Our Vice President, Varun Srivastava, and Deepika Srivastava presented a session about coding Linkbots with Roboblockly and how to use it in a classroom on February 24th, 2020.
California STEAM Symposium 2019
On December 9th, 2019, our presidential duo both presented breakout sessions and in the Student Showcase at their fifth appearance at this conference in Anaheim, CA.
Our President, Vidhi Srivastava, presented a breakout session on using Arduino to encourage student creativity and the maker movement.
Our Vice President, Varun Srivastava, presented a breakout session on Scratch 3.0 in the classroom with Micro:bit, LEGO WeDo 2.0, and LEGO EV3.
In the Student Showcase section, they appeared alongside RedlandsUSD students. Check out the amazing showcase here (1) (2) (3)!
IACUE Tech Fair 2020
On January 18th, 2020, our Vice President, Varun Srivastava, and Deepika Srivastava presented a session on the integration of coding into mathematics using Roboblockly.
GEMS STEMFest 2019
Our President and Vice-President, Vidhi and Varun Srivastava, presented at the GEMS STEMFest on October 10th, 2019 at Bourns Technology Center in Riverside, CA. They taught the girls how to code a quiz with AppLab, a platform that allows users to create simple apps made by Code.org.
On October 3rd, our Vice-President, Varun Srivastava, and our Secretary, Dexter Xu, worked with LEGO Education at STEPCon at the Bourns Technology Center.
California Clean Air Day 2019
Our team of students hosted the California Clean Air Day at Redlands High School on October 2nd and taught students about how small changes in their lifestyle can positively impact our environment.
Riverside County Google Educators Summer Camp 2019
On July 25th, our President, Vidhi Srivastava, presented in two sessions. In one session, she introduced and taught teachers about Cubelets and Sphero, and how they can be used for lessons in a class and how they engage students. In her other session, she taught about the Micro:bit, and how it can be coded through Python and Scratch for a variety of projects.
Redlands USD & UC Riverside Summer Engineering Camp 2019
STEM for All Foundation collaborated with Redlands Unified School District and the Bourns College of Engineering, University of California, Riverside to organize a Summer Engineering Academy to expose students to the application of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) to solving real world problems. The lectures included topics such as basic electronics, bread boarding, LEDs, Arduino microcontrollers, C language programming and Arduino IDE and the students assembled and programmed a smart robotic car with the Arduino microcontroller and its ultrasonic sensors for their final project. This academy was designed for high school students with a special focus on girls and students who qualify for free and reduced lunch. The Summer Engineering Academy at UCR served 35 students from Redlands, Val Verde, Perris and Riverside Unified School Districts.
The academy provided a pre-college engineering experience to underserved students from the Inland Empire to inspire them to pursue a STEM major in college. The thought to organize the academy was conceptualized after our President Vidhi Srivastava experienced a similar program at the IEEE TryEngineering Summer Camp in 2018 and worked to ensure that underrepresented students also had the opportunity to experience a similar program.
Riverside Summer STEM Camp 2019
On June 26th, our President and Vice President held a set of three workshops for elementary- to middle school students, including how to use SPRK+ and Cubelets robots in the classrooms. They engaged and challenged students using many different challenges to excite and inspire students about learning, coding, and robotics.
It was great!! I thought the Cubelets were really cool!
The Cubelets were very interesting to use because you could make so many different things.
The cubelets were extremely fun, educational, and Snazzy.
I loved them. They were fun and let us be creative while learning new things.
I thought they were really interesting and fun to play with.
I thought that the robots were fun to play around with. - Huyana
GEMS STEM Summer Academy 2019
On June 25th, 2019, Vidhi and Varun Srivastava held a workshop with a set of middle-school GEMS students. They presented how using Cubelets could enrich learning in the classroom and gave many building challenges to the students, such as building a car, truck, and a functional 'person'.
I thought the cubes were fun to make robots out of. They were like magnets but better and they had so many options to choose from.
I thought the Cubelets were super cool and unique. It was incredibly generous for the special guests to come and share their knowledge and time.
I really liked the Cubelets! It was super fun and enjoyed the activity!
I thought the Cubelets are so much fun and really cool. They really let you have a good time. They created great memories.
Loved them! Want some of them for myself. The people were so nice too. Very relatable.
Robotics and Engineering Design
University of Redlands STEM Student Symposium 2019
The 1st Annual Student STEM Symposium, hosted by STEM For All Foundation and the University of Redlands Center for Educational Justice, took place on Friday, April 19th, 2019. It celebrated the creativity, critical thinking, collaboration, communication, research, innovation and entrepreneurship of the students of the Inland Empire. Eligible to individual students and student teams of two to four students from any Inland Empire public school who were working on or have completed an original project since the beginning of the 2018 summer, thirteen student teams competed against each other in a fun and constructive competitive environment. Congratulations to the winners!:
1st Place: Na/Ca/K Pollution Scrub:A Domestic Approach to Chemical Carbon Capture and Smooth Flying from Eleanor Roosevelt High School, Corona-NorcoUSD
2nd Place: Rocket Sled Tester from Redlands East Valley High School, RedlandsUSD
3rd Place: Seeing Reality from Eleanor Roosevelt eSTEM Academy, Corona-NorcoUSD
Honorable Mention: The Effects of Micro-gravity on Saturated Copper Sulfate Crystals from John F. Kennedy Elementary School, RiversideUSD
Coolest Projects USA 2019
Our Vice-President presented at the Coolest Projects USA 2019 on March 23 at the Discovery Cube Orange County. He shared his project, which was an Arduino that used sensors to generate warnings about the air for asthma patients, to many creators, judges, and the public.
Vista Heights Family STEAM Night 2019
Our President and Vice-President presented at the Vista Heights Family STEAM Night on March 20 at Vista Heights Middle School. They presented to many kids talking about the many learning possibilities with Sphero and the creative aspects of 3D pens to engage students in classrooms.
CUE Conference 2019
Our President and Vice-President partnered with LEGO Education at the CUE Conference on March 15-16 at the Palm Springs Convention Center. They talked to teachers about LEGO EV3 and LEGO WeDo 2.0 and how they may be used in classrooms. They taught educators how to code both EV3 and WeDO 2.0. They displayed the many possibilities of the LEGO robots and how they could be used to teach important concepts in classrooms.
AAUW STEM Conference 2019
Our President and Treasurer presented at the AAUW STEM Conference on March 5 at the University of Redlands. They ran two sessions on SPRK+ and Cubelets. They showed how the SPRK+ could be coded and it's many possibilities, as well as introducing them to new types of code. They also displayed how Cubelets could be combined to make interesting robots and how simple it really is.
IACUE Tech Fair 2019
Our Vice-President presented at the IACUE Tech Fair on January 19 at Bloomington High School. He ran a session on Micro:bit and how to program it using Python and Scratch. He showed many different possibilities that were possible with Micro:bit, ranging from showing images to making a counter to creating animations.
6th Annual California STEAM Symposium 2018
Our President and Vice-President presented at the STEAM Symposium on October 28-29. They ran a booth at the Student Showcase on October 28, showing teachers and students their work in Coding and Robotics. On Monday, October 29, they held a presentation with the Assistant Superintendent of Educational Services of Redlands Unified School District, Dr. Kenneth Wagner. They spoke about changes and new opportunities as well as providing 10-minute challenges in Coding, Robotics, and Engineering Design.
GEMS STEMFest 2018
Our team attended and presented at the GEMS STEMFest at Bourns Technology Center in Riverside, CA on Thursday, October 25th, 2018. Our President, Vidhi Srivastava, and Vice-President, Varun Srivastava, ran four 20-minute sessions teaching over 200 seventh grade girls how to code. They used Scratch, a visual programming language developed by the MIT Media Lab, to teach simple block programming. They helped the girls develop the multiplication function of a calculator and showed them other possibilities as well.
Our team attended and presented at the STEPCon on Wednesday, October 3rd, 2018 at Bourns Technology Center in Riverside, CA. Our President, Vidhi Srivastava, and Vice-President, Varun Srivastava, and group member Aidan Spangurd ran an exhibition at the showcase to show over 2,000 students robotics and coding. They showcased Dash, SPRK+, and Cubelets and their many possibilities as well as the 3D Pens, to help inspire their artistic minds. They engaged students and helped inspire them to pursue a career in STEM.
World Environment Day in Palm Springs 2018
Our team attended and presented at the World Environment Day on Saturday, June 3rd, 2018. Our President, Vidhi Srivastava, and Vice-President, Varun Srivastava, ran an exhibition at the Student Showcase with our robots, including our Dash, SPRK, and Cubelets robots, and our 3D printer pens, to show how robots can be a paper- and pollution-free alternative to traditional education. Also, they showcased many coding projects to show how students can understand concepts by teaching through coded interactive models.
MVUSD Math Festival 2018
Our team attended and presented at the MVUSD Math Festival on Saturday, April 7th, 2018. Our President and Vice-President, Vidhi and Varun Srivastava, our Communications Director, Elizabeth Wang, and group members Dylan Laurent, Oli Laurent, Dexter Xu, and Darren Xu ran an exhibition at the Student Showcase with our robots, including our Dash, SPRK, and Cubelets robots, and a new addition, our 3D printer pens! This exhibition captivated the interests of the attendees and educated them on the importance of computer science education.
CUE Conference 2018
Our team attended and presented at the CUE Conference on Saturday, March 17th, 2018. Our President, Vidhi Srivastava, and our Treasurer, Samar Hyder, ran an exhibition at the Student Showcase with our robots, including the LEGO Mindstorms EV3, SPRK, and Dash. It also included some of our newer robots and projects, such as TinkerKits, Piper, and Cubelets. Our Vice President, Varun Srivastava, teamed up with Deepika Srivastava to present coding with AppLab and Scratch in a speaker session. These presentations captivated the interests of the attendees and educated them on the importance of computer science education.
Greater San Diego Mathematics Council 2018
Our presidential team attended and presented at the GSDMC on Saturday, February 5th, 2018. Our President, Vidhi Srivastava, ran an exhibition at the Learning Lounge with our robots, including the LEGO Mindstorms EV3, SPRK, and Dash. Our Vice President, Varun Srivastava, teamed up with Deepika Srivastava to present coding with AppLab and Scratch in a speaker session. Both presentations highlighted the advantages of computer science in K-12 education, and attendees were left inspired to implement this curriculum in their classrooms.
Student Training - January 2018
Our team held their first student training on Friday, January 5th, 2018. The training was held for 4th- to 9th-grade students and covered SPRK and LEGO Mindstorms EV3 robots. Participants learned how to program both robots, and completed various challenges with the robots. One such challenge required participants to have their SPRK robot trace a defined shape, and the results are featured to the left.
5th Annual California STEAM Symposium 2017
Our team presented at the STEAM Symposium for the third time on December 10-11 of 2017. They displayed coding projects at the Student Showcase from AppLab and Scratch. They also displayed the LEGO Mindstorms EV3, LEGO WEDO 2.o, SPRK from Orbotics, and Dash from Wonder Workshop. They also presented a session on Monday morning on how to create an app using AppLab and using Scratch as a presentation tool in classrooms across the curriculum and how they could be used to improve classrooms and education.
CS for All Summit 2017
Our team once again showcased their work in coding at the CS for All Summit on November 2nd, 2017. Their showcase displayed coding in AppLab by CODE.ORG and Scratch by MIT. They also showed how coding can be used in math classrooms, and how vital it can be to student engagement, comprehension, and success.
California Math Council 2017
Our presidential team presented for the first time at the CMC in the late October of 2017. Their presentation with Deepika Srivastava highlighted the importance of coding in math classrooms with AppLab by CODE.ORG and Scratch by MIT. The presentation also stressed the importance of student engagement in math classrooms, and how coding can add to the comprehension of a subject.
Coding and Robotics
RCOE Google STEAM Summer Camp 2017
Vidhi and Varun presented for the first time at the two-day Google STEAM Summer Camp in July 2017. They had two presentations. Their first presentation, featuring Vidhi and Varun Srivastava, highlighted the importance of robotics in all classrooms. They introduced educators to Dash by Wonder Workshop, SPRK by Orbotics, and WeDo 2.0 and EV3 by LEGO. Their second presentation, featuring Vidhi and Deepika Srivastava, highlighted the importance of coding in all classrooms with AppLab by CODE.ORG and Scratch by MIT.
CLMS Summer STEAM Camp 2017
Vidhi and Varun presented for the first time at the CLMS Summer STEAM Camp in July 2017. Their presentation highlighted the importance of robotics in all classrooms. They introduced educators to Dash by Wonder Workshop, SPRK by Orbotics, and WeDo 2.0 and EV3 by LEGO. These robots engage and empower students in math and science.
RCOE MaTHink 2017
Vidhi and Varun Srivastava, returned to their county at the RCOE MaTHink in February 2017. Here they presented on how engineering design can be incorporated into lessons in math and science, and in only 10 minutes, called the 10-minute STEM Challenges. Educators saw the engagement and learning these challenges brought and were inspired to put them in their classrooms.
Coding and Robotics
CUE Conference 2017
Our team expanded to the national level at the national CUE Conference at Palm Springs in March of 2017. This presentation was of the Student-Powered Showcase, a very similar style to the Share Fair at the STEM Symposium (see below). Here on display were our robotic projects, the three LEGO EV3 models, and our flight drone, and our coding projects from Scratch, Alice, and AppLab. Our team recapitulated the importance of STEM education.
Coding and Robotics
4th Annual California STEM Symposium 2016
Our presidential team returned to the CA STEM Symposium, this time in the Share Fair section, featuring both Vidhi and Varun Srivastava. This presentation displayed many kinds of robots and coding projects. The robots displayed were three LEGO EV3 models: the Gyro Boy (displayed), Educator Bot, and the Puppy. The coding projects were many from Alice, Scratch, and AppLab. This presentation highlighted the importance STEM education in all schools.
RCOE MaTHink 2016
Vidhi and Varun Srivastava presented at the RCOE MaThink in 2016. This was Vidhi's second appearance and Varun's first. Here they presented on how engineering design can be incorporated into lessons in math and science, and in only 10 minutes, called the 10-minute STEM Challenges. These challenges were made to teach and learn in new, effective, and engaging ways.
3rd Annual California STEM Symposium 2015
The CA STEM Symposium, a state-level conference, was the first conference a member of our student team presented at. It was a 90-minute session on coding by our President and Founder, Vidhi Srivastava. This presentation highlighted the importance of coding in education, and went through step-by-step programming in great detail on a coding platform called Scratch by MIT.