Bootstrap:Algebra Workshop - Chicago, IL 2019

Bootstrap:Algebra returns to Chicago Public Schools this May, to work with the next cohort of CPS teachers in blending Computer Science and mathematics for students across the district. This workshop is COMPLETELY FREE for all CPS teachers!

Location: Austin College and Career Academy High School
231 N Pine Ave
Room 304
Chicago, IL 60644

Date: May 2-4, 2019
Time: 9am-4pm
Cost: FREE for CPS teachers
Parking: Faculty lot at Austin, street parking available nearby


To register for this workshop, email Andrew Rasmussen:

Who is this for?

This training is geared towards CPS 5th-10th 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.

What will the workshop include?

In this 3 day workshop, teachers will go through the curriculum as a student with support and guidance from the facilitators. They will outline and design their game and use mathematical concepts such as the coordinate plane, order of operations, ratio and proportion, domain and range, function composition, word problems and the distance formula to detect collisions, handle keystrokes, and determine how their characters move and interact.

The facilitators will also provide proven classroom strategies and supplements, as well as helping individual teachers make a plan for integrating the curriculum into their unique classroom environment.

What do teachers need to bring?

  • Laptop or Chromebook + charging cable
  • Pen or pencil
  • Excitement!
  • Learn more at our website.