Two educators from the Orange Unified School District were recognized by the University of California, Davis during the 2022 C-STEM Conference in late October.
During the event, West Orange Elementary School Principal Dr. Monica Murray was announced as one of four California C-STEM Robotics Administrators of the Year and McPherson Magnet teacher Lauri Truong was recognized as one of seven California C-STEM Teachers of the Year.
UC Davis’s C-STEM Program focuses on integrating computing and robotics into classrooms with hands-on project-based learning. It is a UC-approved educational preparation program for undergraduate admission for K-12 and community college students to all UC campuses.
The C-STEM Teacher and Administrator of the Year Awards recognize individuals for their exceptional contributions to the creation and maintenance of programs that highlight computing, integrating computing into STEM subjects, and inspiring students to pursue careers and post-secondary study in STEM fields.
Robotics is at the center of Dr. Murray’s vision as her team strives to have C-STEM taught in every classroom at West Orange Elementary. She works to ensure that all students have access to materials necessary to participate.
Truong leads C-STEM classes for students in grade six through eight as part of the elective program at McPherson Magnet. She also runs an after-school C-STEM program for elementary students.
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