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Polyup is a free and open platform that allows students to experiment with numbers and functions. A Poly Machine is an activity on Polyup, consisting of a handful of puzzles that explore some mathematical or computational topic.
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Polyup is a free and open platform where students can experiment with numbers and functions.
Polyup is available on any device with a web browser, including phones, tablets, Chromebooks, and laptops.
Polyup is geared towards students in 3rd through 12th grades and covers a variety of topics from arithmetic and order of operations to algebra and advanced algorithms.
Most teachers use Polyup for their math classes, but it works great as a supplement to computer science, engineering, technology, and science classes as well.
One important note is that Polyup uses a different order of operations than normal math.
In Polyup, the operation comes below the numbers that are being operated on (operands) instead of between them.
For example, in Polyup, the blocks would read (from top-down) 2 4 +, whereas in normal math they would be 2 + 4.
Many students and teachers struggle with this change of paradigm at first, but there are a few reasons Polyup does it this way:
Explicit Order of Operations: The order of operations is literally the order in which the blocks appear. No need for parentheses, or implicit PEMDAS order.
Functional Notation: In Polyup, everything is represented as a function, so that the + operation is really f(a,b) = a+b. By portraying all operations as things that take in inputs and spit out outputs, we bridge the gap between arithmetic, algebra, and computer science to set up students for success.
Fun!: We want students to be sucked out of the mindset that Polyup is just another worksheet. By changing up the order of operations, Polyup makes students think in new ways, and gives them a sense of exploration and learning that will keep them motivated.