The CSUDH Mobile Fab Lab project is at the forefront of innovative STEM education. Our fleet of 5 mobile fabrication laboratories will be used by K-16 students and teachers, pre-service STEM teachers, CSUDH faculty, and community members. We aim to provide participants with tangible applications of STEM to access and tackle real-world problems; teach students to learn by making and doing while creating opportunities for them to develop 21st century skills through project-based learning; promote equity within the Southern California region; and be a model for sustainable innovation in K-16 STEM education. The project will bring STEM into classrooms and communities by providing participants with access to fabrication equipment such as 3D printers, laser cutters, vinyl cutters, CNC mills, 3D modeling software, an electronics workbench, and a suite of other tools that will allow anyone to create almost everything. The CSUDH Mobile Fab Labs will inspire and create young engineers, inventors, artists, and entrepreneurs! Our on campus Fab Lab will be a state-of-the-art facility equipped with all of the best and latest fabrication equipment. CSUDH students and faculty will be able to work together in the active STEM lab classrooms as well as the fabrication space. Rapid prototyping will be a breeze! This stationary Fab Lab will encourage collaboration, entrepreneurship, and creativity. It will be located on the first floor of the new science building.
SUPER NGSS TRAINING
Our team of experts specifically designed this intensive training for eligible participants to introduce a framework for implementing the
Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) with the use of innovative technology. Through this training, teachers will become well versed in
NGSS, will be able to implement NGSS based curricula, and will serve as NGSS teacher leaders at their school site and district. Teachers will also qualify for a beginner certificate in fabrication technology, acquiring expertise in 3D printing and vinyl cutting.
Knowledge of developing NGSS-based lessons
Collaborative Google drive with shared resources
Practical experience in lesson study
Beginner Certification in Fabrication Technology
Currently not accepting applications
Both Compton Unified School District (CUSD) and Centinela Valley Union High School District(CVUHSD) have developed a partnership with CSU Dominguez Hills in order to impact student achievement in the primary grades and secondary configurations of middle school and high school. CSUDH recruits, trains, places, and supports tutors to be placed within school settings. The goal of the partnership is two-fold; to provide a firm foundation for students learning in the primary grades and establish a strong foundation for students at the secondary level to capitalize on college and career readiness opportunities through the use of qualified tutors.
Current Toro Tutor Forms
STEM Lab School
To truly embrace the immersive approach of “learning by doing” CSI³ developed the STEM Lab School. The STEM Lab School is an innovative, 4-week clinical experience that leverages the common goals of our local districts, and teacher preparation by serving as a training ground for teacher candidates and providing local students with a summer STEM program. Since its creation, every CSI³ Teacher Candidate immediately begins to learn the art of teaching by planning and executing a Project-Based Unit of instruction at a local school, under the guidance of Lead Teacher, who is trained in best practices, has experience in a STEM subject matter, and is committed to mentoring aspiring teachers. We are proud to report that since the establishment of the STEM Lab School, in 2012, CSI³ has integrated the MFL Project and its array fabrication technology. In 2018, the MFL was integrated into the STEM Lab School model and piloted at Annalee Avenue Elementary, White Middle School and Gardena High School. The STEM Lab School, its administrators, experienced teachers, and teacher candidates have served over 7,670 elementary, middle, and high school LAUSD students since its founding. CSI³ and the STEM Lab School model has prepared over 350 Science, Math, English, Multiple Subject, and Special Education Teachers in partnership with LAUSD...
Teacher Support Institute
The California STEM Institute for Innovation and Improvement (CSI³) at California State University, Dominguez Hills has developed the Teacher Support Institute (TSI) from a simple concept, teachers helping teachers. Since its inception, TSI has helped bring the highest quality education to children in the highest needs communities by ensuring that teachers get the support they need. During TSI, teachers receive classroom management strategies, lesson planning support, supplemental material, professional development opportunities, as well as a quiet space to study or do homework. Leading through innovation, TSI has revamped its idea of support. This year teachers do not only receive in person support on Saturdays, this year teachers are able to receive support during the week, as problems and questions arise. Allowing teachers to attack issues, get lesson ideas, or even participate in webinars to improve their practice day by day.
Because schools are struggling to develop authentic STEM curriculum that truly integrates Engineering and Technology, the Next Generation Science Standards, and the Common Core Standards, CISE/CSI³ STEM Experts, in unison with the MFL project, has developed STEAM Weeks that are designed to get students excited about STEAM while immersing them in project-based unit of instruction that authentically represents the fast-growing STEAM sector and its professions. With the capabilities of the MFL, our team of experts is able to take technology to schools and provide a condensed STEAM Week, that like the STEM Lab School, provides students with an interdisciplinary, project-based experience, while serving as a model for participating teachers to adopt. STEAM Week has allowed us to bring exciting curricula, 3D printers, Vinyl, and Laser Cutters to schools so that students, teachers, and parents can begin experiencing sophisticated fabrication technology and software in their classrooms. Piloted with LAUSD during the Winter of 2018 with Judith Baca Learning Center, Graham Elementary STEAM Academy, and Moore Elementary, we are excited to report that STEAM Weeks have taken place at Wilmington Middle School, Gage Middle School, Los Angeles MESA Elementary, and Dominguez Elementary, and for a second time, at Graham Elementary STEAM Academy and Moore Academy since it’s pilot. Over 1,650 LAUSD students have participated in STEAM Weeks that have taken place at LAUSD schools.