Learning Code for integration into IB Units

iPad Compatible

Tuesday, April 10, 2018


Quarkmine Space

2074 W South Airport Rd, Traverse City, MI 49684

Map Link

Contact Philip Leete with Questions

  • (231) 409-0184
  • philip@quarkmine.com

Course Narrative

The language of robotics technology is Code and learning that language is the first step to successful integration of robotics technology into core curriculum.  

In this course, participants will learn the basics of coding and gain hands on experience with multiple apps for iPad that are appropriate for k-8 classrooms.  Time will be focused on knowing what code is, how it functions and how to make it a useful tool in your content area.  Time will be given to create specific robotics technology entry points into IB Curriculum Units using the code skills gained.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Participants will learn the basics of coding (the language of robotics technology)

  • Participants will understand how coding can be used to control robotics technology both in physical and virtual worlds.

  • Participants will use multiple coding apps for iPad and explore how coding, as a tool, can be integrated into IB Curriculum Units

Program Agenda


7:30 - arrival

8:00 - What is Coding - an introduction

9:00 - Learning Code with apps for iPad (part I)

10:00 - 15 min. Break

10:15 - Learning Code with apps for iPad (part II)

11:45 - break for lunch (B.Y.O Lunch - there are a few quick onsite options)

12:15 - Learning Code with apps for iPad (part III)

1:15 - Creating entry points for CODE into IB Units

2:15 - 15 min. Break

2:30 - Share Out - Entry Points and Units

3:00 - Wrap up and Evaluations

3:30 - DEPART & Workshop end

Presenter Expertise/Qualifications

Philip Leete

Mr. Philip Leete graduated from Hope College with a Bachelor's of Science in Mechanical Engineering and a Bachelor's of Art in Dance Choreography.  After touring with a professional modern dance company for 5 years, Mr. Leete formed a dance company in Traverse City.  During this time, he also began working in public education teaching Math, Dance, Theater, Chemistry and Robotics.  In 2008, Mr. Leete completed his Bachelor's degree in Secondary Education, which is still current.  In 2010, robotics and technology became the focus as he led TCAPS to start the largest competitive program north of Grand Rapids.  This quickly expanded to many of the region's other districts where he continue to support and grow programs.  Mr. Leete also ran the largest 3D Printing workshop in the region.  During all of his years in public education, he received an evaluation rating of Highly-Effective.

After leading multiple high school robotics teams to the world championship, and seeing the success of a regional approach to robotics and technology, Mr. Leete formed QUARKMINE with John Gilligan to better meet the needs of our region.  In the beginning of 2017, the work from QUARKMINE became full time and he resigned from the public school classroom.  

John Gilligan

Mr. John Gilligan is an IT professional and entrepreneur with more than 15 years of professional experience. Programming since the age of 6, he went on to graduate college with a 4.0 and High Honors with a degree in Management Information Systems (MIS.) Mr. Gilligan’s early career was focused in IT management and database administration working for a non-profit that served people with cognitive disabilities. While there he wrote custom software for specific needs of those with disabilities and pioneered mobile computer labs/instruction for the people we served in addition to his other responsibilities. From there he shifted his focus to the internet and web development/programming. Mr. Gilligan spent a number of years doing web development (and still does) before moving back to the Traverse City area. In 2009 Mr. Gilligan started a company that would eventually become his sole source of income. Last year he partnered with Philip Leete to start Quarkmine which is currently a full-time job.

Three years ago Mr. Gilligan began mentoring an elementary school robotics team that began as the worst in the area and eventually became the best (last year they won Excellence at the State Championship and ranked 16th in the World.) Teams he has mentored have been in the finals at the World Championship of robotics for the last 2 years. Last year Mr. Gilligan served as the "West Side" lead mentor for TCAPS and became an Event Partner for the REC Foundation, running robotics events from Elementary through High School. Since forming Quarkmine he has been involved in starting robotics programs across northern Michigan, advocating for robotics and STEM with state politicians as well as school districts, and making sure students gain the skills necessary to compete on a global stage.