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Summer Institute 2021

Bootstrap Algebra

A 3-Day Workshop for Math and Technology Teachers.  Bootstrap:Algebra is a 25-hour curricular module for students ages 12-16, which teaches algebraic and geometric concepts through computer programming. This training is geared towards 6th-12th grade math teachers, and other teachers with an interest in integrating math and computer science in their classroom. No programming experience required!

What is Bootstrap Algebra?

Bootstrap:Algebra is an integrated curriculum that applies math concepts and programming principles towards creating a simple video game. Our materials are designed to align with National and State Standards for Mathematics, CSTA Standards, and K12CS frameworks.This series of modules can be taught as a separate, standalone STEM or CS class or can be integrated into a mainstream math class, delivered by a math teacher with little to no prior CS experience. 

In Bootstrap, students explore…

  • Order of Operations 
  • Solving word problems 
  • Coordinate planes and Graphing
  • Functions and Variables 
  • Function Composition 
  • Inequalities in the Plane 
  • The Pythagorean Theorem
  • Piecewise Functions 
  • Computer Programming 
  • Unit Testing 
  • Computer graphics and animation 

In this Workshop, teachers will…

  • Participate in a real, classroom demonstration of the curriculum 
  • Build a videogame, using pure algebra
  • Learn how the Math Standards for algebra can be met through a unique programming curriculum 
  • Explore cutting-edge research on algebra education 
  • Be invited to join a cohort of Oregon Bootstrap:Algebra educators 
  • Will receive a stipend for their time 

Participating Educators will: 

  • Receive acccess to Bootstrap:Algebra curriculum. Bootstrap:Algebra applies mathematical concepts and rigorous programming principles to creating a simple video game, and is aligned to National and State Standards for Mathematics, as well as the CSTA standards and K12CS frameworks. The module can be integrated into a mainstream math class, delivered by a math teacher with no prior CS experience or can be taught as a separate, standalone tech or CS class. 
  • Attend the 3-day professional development workshop: July 19-21, 2021 
  • Be invited to join a cohort of Oregon Bootstrap:Algebra educators. 
    • Cohort members will participate in regularly-scheduled, virtual professional development learning communities during the 2021-22 academic year designed to support curriculum implementation. (Note: Cohort members will determine the number of meeting opportunities). 
  • Receive compensation for 3-day professional development workshop and Oregon cohort participation. (Please note - the training is open to regional educators, but the compensation is only available for Malheur County educators through the Frontier STEM Hub)
    • $200/day for summer PD workshop (July 19-21) 
    • $200 cohort session during the school year 

Links to video information about Bootstrap: Algebra 

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6haTTMiNJxk 
  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=leP3tQ_GZL8

Participant registration and educator stipends provided by the Frontier STEM Hub through grant funding from the Oregon Department of Education.


  • Laptop or Chromebook + charging cable
  • Pen or pencil
  • Excitement!

Cost: FREE for Oregon Educators

Dates: Monday, 7/19/21 - Wednesday, 7/21/21 (Must attend all 3 Days)

Time: 8:30am - 3:30pm (Mountain)

Dorm Space Available at TVCC as well for those that would like to stay on the TVCC Campus During the 2021 Summer Institute


Created by:   E. Oregon REN
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