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Algebra Course

Teaching Math Labs for Algebra Using Interactive Computing and Programming


Location: 1062 Bainer Hall
Time: 8:30am-5:00pm
Date: June 20-June 24, 2011

Course Description

Algebra is one of the most difficult topics for K-12 students to learn. It is considered as the gatekeeper for students to pursue a career in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). Working with K-12 educators, the C-STEM Center has developed a new strategy to teach Algebra. This course trains teachers teaching Algebra more effectively using the new strategy. Through a sequence of well-designed simple, concise, and self-contained math lab sessions, students will learn basic concepts of math and their practical applications. At the same time, students will learn the fundamentals of computing, underlying working principles of computers, and computer programming for problem solving. Through a set of computing and programming modules and applied problem solving activities in a C/C++ interpreter Ch, students will gain the better understanding of math concepts and their applications. The C-STEM Center will work with teachers to implement the program in their curriculum during the academic year.

Outcome for Trainees’ K-12 Students

  1. Gain a better understanding of math concepts and their applications
  2. Be able to better master abstract concepts of Algebra
  3. Learn the fundamentals of computing, underlying working principles of computers, and computer programming for problem solving
  4. Be able to participate in the UC Davis Robotics Competition

Prospective Attendees

K6 to K12 Math, CS, and STEM Teachers

Curriculum for Implementation in the Acaddemic Year

Algebraic Reasoning, Algebra Readiness, Pre-Algebra, Algebra I

Continuing Education Units from UC Davis Extension

Optional $145 for 4 Continuing Education Unit quarter credits from UC Davis Extension. Credit request forms will be available on the first day of class.


  • Deadline for early registration: June 10, 2011.
  • $499 for one course / $799 for both this course and the complementary one registered before June 10, 2011; $599 / $899 after June 10, 2011. Space is limited; please register here to reserve your space.
  • Registration covers instruction, supplementary textbooks, teaching materials, software licenses for teaching, morning beverages, lunch, and UC Davis C-STEM Center support for implementation of the program during the academic year
  • No refund after instruction begins


For more information, please contact:

Kevin Gucwa, Director Assistant
UC Davis C-STEM Center
University of California
One Shields Avenue
Davis, CA 95616
Phone: (530) 752-1028
Email: kgucwa(AT)ucdavis(DOT)edu


We would like to acknowledge the following math teachers for their contributions to the development of this curriculum and their testing of its effectiveness for teaching Algebra.

  • Terry Ahrens, ROP Teacher, Marian Anderson Community School, Sacramento
  • Francesca DeFazio, Math Teacher, Westmore Oaks Elementary School, West Sacramento
  • Brian Donnelly, Dept. Chair of Industrial Technology and Math Teacher, Harper Junior High School, Davis
  • George Sellu, Math Teacher, Woodland High School, Woodland
  • Heather Wade, Math Teacher, O. W. Holmes Junior High School, Davis