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Bringing Mathematics to Life Through Coding and Robotics

Philadelphia Marriott Downtown, Franklin 3/4

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Education Service Manager
UC Davis C-STEM Center for Integrated Computing and STEM Education
My research specifically emphasizes the development of mathematics curriculum integrated with coding and robotics. I have experience delivering professional development for k-12 mathematics and computer science/robotics teachers. I have worked as both a high school mathematics and CTE ICT teacher for Los Angeles Unified School District in a title 1 school.

Session description

Learn how to engage students in mathematics by integrating computer science, coding and robotics. Join us to experience multidimensional project-based challenges within the physical coordinate system.

Purpose & objective

Participants will be challenged with a series of real-world challenges with both physical robots and virtual robots. Each challenge targets different content standards of mathematics, computer science, coding, CTE ICT, and physical computing. With no coding or robotics experience necessary, participants will have an opportunity to program a robot to solve challenges.

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1. Participants gain access to online curriculum and challenges with RoboBlocky (5 minutes).
2. Presenter will show a brief introduction to the interface (5 minutes).
3. The whole group will solve the first challenge together (5 minutes).
4. Groups and individuals will then work to solve problems 2-9. During this time, the facilitator will circulate throughout the group, facilitating discourse in mathematics, coding, and robotics. Each group will have a physical robot as well. When teams are ready, they will come to the challenge mats to show their solution. Each challenge immerses the participant in RoboTown, exploring the physical coordinate system. Each challenge surveys a different grade level and standard (50 minutes).
5. After completing the challenges participants will have a chance to dig deep into the program and curriculum, and ask questions of the facilitators. Participants will also have the opportunity to create their own programs (25 minutes).

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Supporting research

Teaching math with computer programming can help narrow the achievement gap

C-STEM curriculum textbooks --

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Session specifications

Project-, problem- & challenge-based learning
Grade level:
Skill level:
Teachers, Teacher education/higher ed faculty, Principals/head teachers
Attendee devices:
Devices required
Attendee device specification:
Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
Participant accounts, software and other materials:

To control a hardware Linkbot with your own device you will need to download Linkbot Labs. Downloading the software requires a RoboBlockly account.

Participants can register in advance for a free account here:

Instructions and links to download Linkbot Labs can be found here:

Subject area:
Computer science, Math
ISTE Standards:
For Educators:
  • Set professional learning goals to explore and apply pedagogical approaches made possible by technology and reflect on their effectiveness.
  • Use technology to create, adapt and personalize learning experiences that foster independent learning and accommodate learner differences and needs.
  • Design authentic learning activities that align with content area standards and use digital tools and resources to maximize active, deep learning.
The submitter of this session has been supported by a company whose product is being included in the session