Event description

Thanks to the generous support of 3M, we are pleased to announce a three-day Bootstrap workshop in Minnesota for math and computer science/technology teachers!

What is Bootstrap?

Bootstrap is a curricular module for students ages 12-16, which teaches algebraic and geometric concepts through computer programming. At the end of the module, students have a completed workbook filled with word problems, notes and math challenges, as well as a videogame of their own design, which they can share with friends and family. You can learn more about Bootstrap here.

What will I learn?

During this interactive three-day workshop you will:

  • See the curriculum in action
  • Explore the research and pedagogy of Bootstrap
  • Investigate the cognitive challenges for students struggling with Algebra
  • Take a deep dive into the activities and technology with a master teacher
  • Arm yourself with the tools to advocate for Bootstrap in your school or school district
  • Go home with a videogame that you created!


February 23-25, 2016   –   8:30 AM to 4:00 PM


TIES Event Center – Hamline Room

1667 Snelling Ave. N.

St. Paul, MN 55108



The 3-day workshop fee is $50/teacher.

The registration fee covers take-home teacher materials and 21 hours of professional development for each participant.

Additional details:

Lunch will be provided both days.

All attendees will receive a certificate of PD hours upon completion. 

Cancellation policy: 

To cancel please notify Cara Hagen at 651-999-6505 or cara.hagen@ties.k12.mn.us at least two weeks before the start date. No refunds will be made for any late cancellations or no-shows. Districts may substitute another participant for the registered person.



Our mission is to use students’ excitement and confidence around gaming to directly apply algebra to create something cool.

We work with schools, districts and tech-educational programs across the country, reaching hundreds of teachers and thousands of students each year. Bootstrap has been integrated into math and technology classes across the country, reaching thousands of students since 2006. Most teachers have also attended a Bootstrap Workshop, where they received specialized training to deliver the class. 

Isn’t all programming mathematical?

There are lots of great programming languages out there, but their computational model makes them a poor choice for teaching algebra. Bootstrap uses a language that is actually algebraic, offering rich functionality for animation and multimedia without compromising real, mathematical learning.

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Bootstrap Minnesota is sold out. If you would like to be added to a waiting list, please complete all of the information on this form http://goo.gl/forms/yrzdfqENP7. Completing the form does not guarantee your registration. Those who complete the form will be contacted in the order received if an opening is available.