The Mathematics Educator Appreciation Day (MEAD) was created to fill a void in meaningful professional development for Tucson area mathematics teachers. This year, the MEAD conference includes a strand of sessions on Computational Thinking & Integrating Computer Science into classes or after-school clubs. Teacher from partner districts can attend the conference for free on January 25th. The sessions include:
  • A19 - Linear Functions & Geometric Artwork with Creative Coding (Grades 9-12)
  • A25 - Bringing Concepts to Life with Coding (Grades K-2)
  • B02 - Computer Science + Math = Joyous Learning (Grades 3-5)
  • B13 - Order of Operations & Code with Bootstrap Algebra (Grades 9-12)
  • C10 - Geometry & Measurement with 3D Design & Printing (Grades 9-12)
  • D10 - Teaching Girls to Code and Change the World (Grades 3-12)
Click Here for more information about the conference. Click Here to Register for the Conference & Pick Sessions. More information about each session below.

A19:   (T236) Linear Functions & Geometric Artwork with Creative Coding by Daniel Schneider (Computer Science)

Grades 9-12

Students can use the free, online Processing coding environment to create geometric artwork & reinforce coordinate geometry. We will explore the basics of using code to create basic geometric shapes, then introduce loops and variables to make connections to linear functions, especially rate of change & initial conditions.


A25:   (T264) Bringing Concepts to Life with Coding by Allison Davis (Computer Science)

Grades K-2

This session will look at ways that coding can help students connect to mathematical concepts while having fun and problem solving. Learn how addition, subtraction, and geometry can be integrated into lessons that also teach algorithms, debugging, and loops. Everyone can code and be an excellent mathematician while having fun!


B02:   (T244) Computer Science + Math = Joyous Learning by Suzi Mast (Computer Science)

Grades 3-5

Computer Science and math ideas can be integrated in ways that stimulate curiosity, bring joy, and develop depth of understanding through problem solving. Join us as we experience the multiple ways integration of computer science and grades 3-5 math can have on student engaged and enjoyment in learning.



B13:   (T236) Order of Operations & Code with Bootstrap Algebra by Daniel Schneider (Computer Science)

Grades 9-12

Bootstrap Algebra is a free online curriculum that "applies mathematical concepts and rigorous programming principles to creating a simple video game". This session will explore the first lesson in the curriculum, Order of Operations with Circles of Evaluation, where pen-and-paper mathematical concepts are connected to introductory coding commands.

C10:   (T236) Geometry & Measurement with 3D Design & Printing by Daniel Schneider (Computer Science)

Grades 6-8; Grades 9-12

Learn how to use TinkerCAD - a free, online 3D design program where students create complex figures using basic geometric objects. We will explore how to introduce this environment to students, example projects that can assess geometric concepts, and local resources that can assist with 3D printing your student creations.


D10:   (T165) Teaching Girls to Code and Change the World by Ngan Pham (Computer Science)

Grades 3-5; Grades 6-8; Grades 9-12

Join Ngan Pham, Regional Partnership Coordinator at Girls Who Code, as she talks about how to inspire and equip girls in your community with the computing skills, bravery, and resilience they need to succeed in the 21st century. Together, you will discuss how to join the movement for gender parity, participate in hands-on activities that you can walk away with, and engage in a design thinking activity to help you bring code and digital equity to your community.