We are writing to congratulate the UC Davis K-14 Outreach Center for Computing, Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (C-STEM) for the inaugural UC Davis Secondary School Programming Competition, held April 30 at UCD.
Reflecting C-STEM’s mission to inspire, educate and assist students to become proficient in computer-aided problem-solving skills, the event attracted regional high school students to learn and develop computer programming skills, as well as to apply the skill to solve classroom and real-world problems.
Our son, Sebastian Xu, together with Brandon Lin and Deanna Cheng, with a sponsorship from his teacher Ryan Carr, formed a Davis High student team. They spent many weeks working on textbooks and instructions from C-STEM, learning basic c++ language and writing programs for a variety of science, technology, engineering and mathematics projects.
Although they started with no knowledge in programming, they quickly developed not only proficiency in applying computer-aided problem-solving skills, but also deep interest in programming and robotics technology.
At the competition, the three Davis High students’ team won first place. For Sebastian, the participation in the C-STEM activity also helped him in his current algebra class, since he can now apply c++ programming to better understand mathematical concepts and learn mathematical skills.
The programming competition was a huge success. The C-STEM programs have provided, and will continue to provide, tremendous opportunities for our schools to develop high-caliber science curricula, as well as educate our students on cutting-edge technologies.
Again, our deepest thanks and appreciation for professor Harry H. Cheng, director of C-STEM; his staff; the UC Davis College of Engineering; and UC Davis, for this wonderful event.