Students learn fundamental concepts of computer programming, the iterative nature of engineering work, and the resilience required to persevere through failure. They will primarily use environments and tools designed to teach students high-level concepts in an age-appropriate setting, with opportunities to experience and explore professional-level tools within each unit during the middle school years. Upon entry to high school, students shift to primarily using professional tools, with occasional forays into coding environments designed for young learners.
|Software Engineering 7||Entrepreneurship is introduced to students in grade 7 software engineering classes. Students spend time exploring various STEM careers and explore the integration of technology with sports, medicine and business. Students continue to explore the foundations of Software Engineering through units on Web Design and Game Design. Working in groups, students create a business which is then presented, along with a website and animation, during a grade-wide Business Expo. Winning groups have the opportunity to compete in the Network For Teaching Entrepreneurship’s (NFTE) annual “Youth Entrepreneurship Showcase.”|
|Computer Science 9||Students in 9th grade begin high school Computer Science with a return to basics. Students briefly review programming concepts using the SNAP programming language (used later in AP CS Principles BJC) and learn the lab structure and independence required for success in higher level CS work. Students then transition to Python, exploring new techniques and features of the language, as well as the kind of writing and analysis they can expect to encounter in future courses. The primary goal for students in this course is to build stamina and independence in problems solving and creativity.|
|AP CS Principles 11||Following the Beauty and Joy of Computing curriculum developed by the University of California, Berkeley and the Education Development Center, students “explore how computing and technology can impact the world around them, learn and apply the foundations of computer science to address real-world problems, and pursue their interests in digital projects that showcase their creativity.”1
From the AP CS Principles – Beauty & Joy of Computing syllabus:
Students are primarily evaluated on the basis of their work, which can take the form of reflections, writing assignments, and programs. Self-check quizzes are built into the Beauty and Joy of Computing lab pages, and end-of-unit assessments help to prepare students for the AP Create and Explore through-course assessments. Students are required to complete the AP Through-Course Assessment: Explore – Impact of Computing Innovations performance task and the AP Through-Course Assessment: Create – Applications from Ideas performance task. In addition to the through-course assessments, students will take the AP CS Principles Exam in May.
|AP CS A||AP Computer Science A is equivalent to a first-semester, college-level course in computer science. The course introduces students to computer science with fundamental topics that include problem solving, design strategies and methodologies, organization of data (data structures), approaches to processing data (algorithms), analysis of potential solutions, and the ethical and social implications of computing. The course emphasizes both object-oriented and imperative problem solving and design using Java language. These techniques represent proven approaches for developing solutions that can scale up from small, simple problems to large, complex problems. The AP Computer Science A course curriculum is compatible with many CS1 courses in colleges and universities.1