Expanded Learning Opportunities Program

The ELOP expenditure date (June 30th, 2024) is fast approaching – why not use your remaining budget to introduce your students to the magic of Marty the Robot?

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What is ELOP?

The Expanded Learning Opportunities Program (ELOP) provides funding for after-school and summer school enrichment programs for transitional kindergarten through sixth grade.

Who Receives Funding?

School districts and charter schools that offer classroom-based instruction for grades TK/K-6. 

Bring Learning to Life

Marty the Robot in the classroom

With the growing importance of STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics) education and coding skills in today’s world, students benefit from using Marty the Robot to provide engaging, hands-on learning opportunities in these fields.

STEAM and coding education fosters the development of various skills, such as:

  • Critical thinking
  • Computational thinking
  • Creativity
  • Logical thinking
  • Problem-solving
  • Communication

Schools across California are already using Marty in their after-school and Summer programs to engage students in extra-curricular learning. Why not join them by including Marty in your ELOP plans?

“Spring of last year, we set out to find products that would provide STEAM enrichment for our district Expanded Learning Opportunities Program (ELOP). We needed items that would not only be of interest for our students but our teachers. If we could excite our teachers with technology that would be easy to learn and implement, then our teachers would be more willing to teach it during summer school, holiday intersessions, and after school…

Students were very excited for their after school ELOP class. They were constantly asking their after school teacher when Marty was coming…teachers have provided career opportunity suggestions during class regarding the skills they are learning with Marty and students have expressed interest in pursuing those in the future.”


Melissa Bradex, District Instructional Technology Specialist at Wasco Union Elementary School District

Why are California schools using ELOP funds for Marty?

Students using Marty the Robot

Marty the Robot offers students hands-on experiences that extend beyond the traditional school day, bridging the achievement gap and empowering underserved communities with access to valuable resources and opportunities.

Introducing your students to Marty is effortless!

  • No prior coding experience is needed for students or teachers.
  • Students will enjoy coding their own creations to tackle real-world challenges.
  • Marty’s lessons and activities are ready to use—no extra prep required for educators.
  • Students will gain a head start for future courses and career paths in robotics, coding and more!

Include Marty in Your Program Plan

Using examples from schools across California who have used their funding to purchase Martys for their summer and after-school programs, we’ve put together some sample answers for you to use when writing your own! 

“Describe how the program will provide opportunities for students to experience active and engaged learning that either supports or supplements, but does not duplicate, the instructional day.”

At our school, we’ve integrated hands-on, project-based learning to foster active engagement and positive youth development. One of our exciting programs involves Marty the Robot, where students collaborate to explore real-world challenges and scenarios. Through these activities, students enhance critical thinking, teamwork, decision-making, and self-management skills, all of which are crucial for success in the 21st century.

In our Marty Curriculum, students embark on a journey over several weeks to build their knowledge and skills. Working in groups, they use Marty the Robot to tackle various coding challenges and tasks. They learn to program Marty to navigate obstacles, perform tasks, and solve problems, all while documenting their progress and problem-solving techniques.

Throughout the program, students actively engage with Marty, honing their coding abilities and collaborative skills. At the end of the program, they showcase their achievements, presenting their projects and sharing their experiences with their peers. This hands-on approach not only supplements their regular instruction but also provides a dynamic and interactive learning experience that prepares them for the demands of the future.

“Describe how the program will provide opportunities for students to experience skill building.”

Educational Enrichment:

At our Expanded Learning Program, we recognize the importance of providing diverse educational experiences to enhance student learning and skill development. Our Curriculum and Resource Library offers a wide range of enrichment activities, including the integration of Marty the Robot, to foster technology literacy among students. Before adopting any curriculum, we carefully assess its alignment with our core principles of promoting 21st-century skills, such as Life and Career Skills, Learning and Innovation Skills, and Information, Media, and Technology Skills.

Promoting Critical Thinking and Collaboration:

Our selection criteria prioritize curricula that promote critical thinking, communication, collaboration, and creativity—skills essential for success in the digital age. Marty the Robot serves as a valuable tool for cultivating these skills through hands-on, interactive learning experiences. Students are encouraged to work together to program Marty, solve challenges, and explore real-world applications of technology, fostering a culture of collaboration and innovation.

Tailored Learning Experiences:

Recognizing the diverse needs and skill levels of our students, we ensure that the Marty the Robot curriculum is accessible and engaging for learners of all ages and abilities. Whether introducing basic coding concepts to beginners or delving into more advanced programming techniques, Marty offers a flexible platform for personalized learning experiences. By tailoring the curriculum to meet the unique needs of each student, we strive to create an inclusive learning environment where every individual can thrive.


Do staff need to have experience in coding?

No! Our team provides all the training educators need to get their students engaged with hands-on STEAM and coding even if they are teaching it for the very first time. Plus, our complementary Learning Portal offers numerous lesson plans and teacher resources.

What training is included?

Our team provide one-to-one training calls once you receive your Marty(s). They’ll talk you through connectivity, getting started and introduce you to our different coding environments.

What standards does Marty align to?

Marty comes with lesson plans & teacher guides that align to the CSTA, ISTE, NGSS, Common Core standards and more!

How can Marty be utilized outside of the regular classroom?

With cross-curricular offerings and a choice of 4 coding environments, Marty is suitable for a variety of settings including multi-age student groups, structured after-school programs, open-ended creative challenges, and summer camps.

How will Marty help us achieve our expanded learning goals?

Marty the Robot provide students with hands-on experiences that go beyond what they encounter in a typical school day. This hands-on approach not only supplements their regular instruction but also provides a dynamic and interactive learning experience that prepares them for the demands of the future.

What devices do I need?

Our coding environments, including Remote Controller, MartyBlocks Jr., and MartyBlocks, are accessible as a web app and also as iOS and Android apps compatible with laptops, computers, Chromebooks, and tablets. Alternatively, you can delve into screen-free coding with Marty in “Unplugged” mode.

How robust is Marty?

Marty is a durable little robot that can handle the stresses of classrooms. We also offer a free two-year warranty to ensure peace of mind, and our friendly support team is always on hand to help with repairs or replacement parts should you need them.

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Are you looking for new STEM resources for your classroom? Robotical is loaning Marty the Robot to schools for no-obligation, two-week trials.