Contextual Learning Concepts of Loveland High School, Colorado developed AMPED as a new way of teaching Algebra 1 as a contextualized STEM course. 
Students learn the common core Algebra 1 curriculum through natural progression learning about the engineering cycle: product development; the running of a student developed business; manufacturing actual products for a market.
  • Algebra 1 classes have one of the highest failure rates of any math class. 
  • Teachers realize that this creates major problems for students who are required to have higher levels of math to graduate high school.  
  • The AMPED course provides a new solution.

Algebra 1 in Manufacturing Processes, Entrepreneurship, and Design

   Features of AMPED:
  • Covers all Algebra 1 Common Core standards
  • Students design and create real products
  • Team taught between the CTE and Math departments
  • Open to students of all ability levels
  • Provides a practical answer to the question "When am I ever going to use this math?"

AMPED Professional Development training was provided to math and CTE teachers from NSERVE districts in August 2016. 

NSERVE will be providing the training again in June 2018. See info above