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Bootstrap: Video Game Programming with Algebra

Date and Time

February 17, 2020 - February 19, 2020

Monday - Wednesday 

8:00-8:30am (Breakfast) - 4:00pm

Registration Closes: Feb. 14, 2020, noon


The University of Texas at Austin - Pickle Research Center Commons Conference Center

Event Address

The J. Neils Thompson Commons Building (TCB), #137
10100 Burnet Road
Austin, TX 78758

Map & Parking Info



Contact NameNathalie Beausoleil

Contact Phone512.232.6208


Event Description

In Bootstrap Algebra students are given the opportunity to use key algebraic concepts such as coordinate planes, order of operations, ratio and proportion, Domain and Range, function composition, word problems and the distance formula to help their character interact in a game they design.  

"One of my favorite strategies used during the training is the circle of evaluation where students show the structure that’s going on inside a mathematical expression.  This is a powerful way for students to gain a deep foundation in the mathematics that goes on in the development of an understanding of functions.  It is an awesome way for students to use Algebra in a fun and engaging way that includes creative expression." Sheryl R., May 2019 

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

Eligible Attendees – Teachers of middle school and high school mathematics, technology applications, and computer science teachers are eligible to attend. 

Cost – $600.00

Certificates of Participation - Certificates stating 21 hours of Continuing Professional Education hours (CPE credits) earned will be sent electronically after the participant has completed the online course evaluation. Any questions about certificates should be directed toward the contact person listed on this page.

Registration Notes

  • Registration fees cover breakfast, lunch and training materials.
  • Payments are due before this event.
  • Refunds will not be issued for cancellations or those not in attendance.
  • Event limited to 25 participants.


Each day, participants will receive a $10 voucher for breakfast and $15 voucher for lunch to be redeemed at the Commons Café located within the Commons building where the workshop is taking place. The café offers a variety of breakfast items, assorted drinks, pizza, snacks, salad and potato bars, burgers and sandwiches, as well as reasonably priced daily lunch specials. 

Commons Café:

Registration or Payment Questions?

Registration and payment instructions can be found during checkout or here.



Accommodations and Transportation

Participants are responsible for their own transportation and lodging arrangements and payments. For your convenience, a copy of the Texas Hotel Occupancy Tax Exempt form is provided and should be printed and turned in to your hotel upon arrival.

Texas Hotel Occupancy Tax Exemption Certificate (PDF)

Hotels located near the Pickle Research Campus:

Getting There


You can park anywhere around the Commons Conference Center. DO NOT PURCHASE PARKING. Nathalie Beausoleil will provide you with a 3-day parking permit upon arrival. You can enter/exit PRC from Braker Lane (onto Exploration Way) or Burnet Road (onto Read Grandberry Trail). Gates will be open at both entrances.

Workshop Location: TOWER ROOM

Personal License

Personal Registration


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Multiple User License

Registration Access Code

1-4 People:
$600/ person
5-9 People:
$540/ person
10+ People:
$510/ person

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