Poly Machines

Youcubed has joined with Polyup to create interactive lessons where students use Poly, their AI sidekick, to explore mathematical relationships. The student goal is to modify (mod) the poly machines. Each Machine contains 1 or more Chips that are representations of the problems posed in the Machine. In each case we have thought about learning goals that are important steps in a path towards deeper understanding of mathematical concepts. It is our goal for students to explore, create and make mistakes as they help Poly learn to solve problems.

Polyup has created a new program, Polyup Challenge. You can earn coins that apply to the Polyup Challenge by playing our youcubed machines. If you would like to learn more and join the challenge go to https://www.polychallenge.org.  If you would like to learn more about Polyup and access other machines go to https://www.polyup.com.

Theme of the Week: Animation
May 25th-31st, 2020

This week’s theme is about animation and how you can make objects move in cool ways using math. Get started by clicking on the machines in the first row right below to discover new content for your grade 1-12 students!

See how multiple objects, each with a simple motion, can make a complex output!

Understand the mechanics of a bird flapping its wings with this flying simulation.

See how you can use math to draw a face!

See how to use a sine function, offset in phase based on position, can create waves.

Welcome to the Polyup version of Flappy bird!

Play the classic two-player game pong.

Bounce the ball up and down. Don’t let the ball fall down!

Solve the maze to get to the flag then figure out the code to get out with your car!

Go through a fun maze game first-person style!

Race around with the race car and grab the gems!

This machine introduces the notion of a fractal through an infinite visual sequence

Students will see a real life example of a fractal

Students will see a fractal based on the Koch snowflake, and will see how it is made.

An example of a more complex fractal that takes up 3D space using only lines!

This machine introduces a basic pattern with blocks and asks students to continue the pattern

This machine introduces a 2-dimensional growing pattern, and asks the student to continue the pattern and answer questions about it

This machine introduces a more advanced 2-D growing pattern, asking students to continue the pattern and answer questions about it

In this machine, students will create sequences using an initial value and a recursive step

Students will develop their 3D spatial reasoning skills by making a drone hit targets in 3D

Students will see how to build paths in 3D using a drone–they will try to make a star and pentagon!

Students will discover projectile motion and the effects of drag in a series of 3 machines

This machine is just for fun. Play with a remote-controlled drone!

Students will understand addition moving forward and backward as an analog for addition and subtraction

Students will experiment with movement and rotation to make a robot arm hit its target

In this progression of 4 machines, students will see how to build a roomba robot in Polyup using states

In this machine, students see how to build a line-following robot in Polyup using if statements

Students will draw a square using basic movement blocks

Students will use Polyup stacks to create a square

Students will draw a circle by repeatedly moving and turning, seeing how the turning angle affects the circle size

Students will draw a circle using two mathematical functions

Students will tile a 2D grid however they want

Students will tile a line and continue a pattern

Students will tile the plane with triangles

Students will tile a large triangle using a hexagon and three smaller triangles

Here’s a model of viral growth to learn how it spreads

An activity for Grades 6-8

Explore three different models of spread for the coronavirus

Draw the Greek letter using Polyup 3D!

View a mathematical demonstration of the relationship between the perimeter and diameter of a cylinder.

View one way that mathematicians approximate pi: by creating polygons with more and more faces!

A poly machine that’s great for grades 1-2!

Analyze how to efficiently use water resources from a mathematical perspective.

See how many ways there are to arrange two red and two white balls!

A poly machine that’s great for grades 9-12!

Intro to poly machines for students in grades 1 to 2

Download instructions for grades 1 & 2 and visit the link to play!

Download instructions for grades 1 & 2 and visit the link to play!

Explore more poly machines for students in grades 1 and 2!

Intro to poly machines for students in grades 3 to 5

Download instructions for grades 3-5 and visit the link to play!

Recommended for students in grades 3-5

Recommended for students in grades 3-5

Number practice for students in grades 3 to 5

Recommended for students in grades 6-8 and 9-12

Explore more poly machines for students in grades 3-5!

Intro to poly machines for students in grades 6 to 8

Download instructions for grades 6-8 and visit the link to play!

Recommended for students in grades 6-8

Recommended for students in grades 6-8

Recommended for students in grades 6-8

Recommended for students in grades 6-8

Recommended for students in grades 6-8

Learning about expressions and equations

More about expressions and equations in grades 3 to 5

Learning about fractions on Poly Machines

A special Poly Machine for Pi Day!

Explore more poly machines for students in grades 6-8!

Intro to poly machines for students in grades 9 to 12

Download instructions for grades 9-12 and visit the link to play!

Learn about triangle inequality with this Poly Machine

A special Poly Machine for women in math day

Explore more poly machines for students in grades 9-12!