Bootstrap, the innovative curriculum that combines programming with algebra, provides an excellent introduction to computer science concepts, especially for students who are underrepresented in the CS classroom, and also gives math teachers a new way to connect students with algebraic thinking. Bootstrap has also been making it’s mark in Texas recently, and as a result the Austin workshop (May 16-18) is now sold out! But don’t worry, if you want to get involved with Bootstrap, there are two more 3-day workshops on our summer schedule in Houston (June 12-14) and Edinburg (August 9-11). Bootstrap will also be featured as one of the 1.5-day strands during the WeTeach_CS Summit Deep Dives (June 8-9) that will follow the WeTeach_CS Summit (June 5-7).
Of course, the only way to ensure that rest of these workshops don’t sell out before you get the chance to register is to register now.
May 16-18 – Austin – Sold Out!
June 8 – 9, 2017 – WeTeach_CS Summit Deep Dives (Austin) – More information / Registration
June 12-14 – Houston – More information / Registration
August 9-11 – Edinburg – More information / Registration
No workshop near you? Concerned about travel costs?
Attendees may be eligible for accommodations and travel reimbursement from the Center for STEM Education. See the individual event pages for details.
Bootstrap can be embedded into an intro CS or mainstream algebra class, taught by a teacher with no CS background. By integrating algebra with computing, Bootstrap fosters student growth in both subjects while helping schools meet logistical and staffing challenges. Using Bootstrap as part of a standard algebra class ensures equitable access: since every student takes algebra, Bootstrap reaches all students – not just those who self-select by race, gender, or income. 43% of Bootstrap students are young women, and 46% identify as African-American or Latino
Teach Your Students to Program, Mathematically
Bootstrap teaches students to program their own video games in an algebraic programming language, exposing them to key math concepts. Middle- and high-school teachers around the country have implemented the curriculum as a one-month module, a weekly activity or an after school program.
In Bootstrap, Your Students Will Practice and Apply
- Solving word problems
- Coordinate planes and Graphing
- Functions and Variables
- Function Composition
- Inequalities in the Plane
- The Pythagorean Theorem
In this Workshop, You Will
- Participate in a real classroom demonstration of the curriculum
- Build your own video game, using the math you already know
- Learn how TEKS Math Standards can be met through a STEM-focused programming curriculum
- Explore cutting-edge research on algebra education