The 2012 K-12 Robotics Academy afforded teachers the opportunity to explore ways for practical applications and enhance their conceptual understanding of the mathematics. The Academy featured master teachers who presented activities and demonstrated classroom strategies to increase student understanding. Sessions on the use of technology to engage students in their math lessons was also offered. Mathematics and Physics experts offered sessions to increase the content knowledge of the participating teachers and give them an opportunity to hone their problem-solving skills. Teachers were encouraged to include more problem solving in their lessons and to increase the cognitive demand of the activities they provide their students in order to promote the NCTM process standards and encourage a practical understanding of mathematics.