Intro to Computer Science - Level I (ages 7-13) - SESSION 1 - 4:00-6:00PM 9/9, 9/16, 9/23, 9/30

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Intro to Computer Science - Level I (ages 7-13) - SESSION 1 - 4:00-6:00PM 9/9, 9/16, 9/23, 9/30

199.00 249.00

Sessions: September 9th, September 16th, September 23rd, September 30th

4:00-6:00PM

About Introduction to Computer Science Level I - Algorithms, Sequence and Binary

Students will explore the concepts of programming and computer science in a fun and engaging manner. Through a combination of guided instruction, computer driven lessons, “offline” activities, and independent project work, participants will learn the basics of computer programming and critical thinking.

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About The Class:

Students will explore the concepts of programming and computer science in a fun and engaging manner. Through a combination of guided instruction, computer driven lessons, “offline” activities, and independent project work, participants will learn the basics of computer programming and critical thinking.


What Students Will Learn:

Students will be introduced to concepts such as what computer programming is, basic algorithms, data structures, and abstraction of code blocks.

Students will also learn about the variety of computers and communication devices used in the “real world” from a programmer’s point of view.

Lastly, students will learn about the global & ethical impact computer scientists can make in the world as a programmer.

Lessons follow a “spiraling curriculum design” where each week’s skills will be revisited and dug into on progressively deeper level.

In the second half of the course, students will spend time working on group driven programming projects. Through these projects, students will not only use their new-found programming skills but develop leadership, problem solving, and communication skills. The course will culminate with a final “demo day” event where students will present their projects to parents, friends, and other family.

Our Intro to Computer Science Level I Course aligns to CSTA Computer Science Standards and ISTE standards, while some lessons also integrate national MathEnglish Language Arts, and Science standards.


Format of the Course & Class Size:

  • Class dates: September 9th, September 16th, September 23rd, September 30th.
  • Class time 4:00-6:00PM.
  • Class size will be limited to 15 students
  • Classes will maintain an instructor ratio of no greater than 5 students to teacher.
  • Students who complete this course will receive their official "Sprockets" sweatshirt and "Level I" completion patch

Syllabus

Week 1:

  • Intro to the program, get students set up, explain journals, class ice-breaker game
  • Hear from our guest speakers
  • Students get set up on Studio.code.org and learn how to use blocks that will be used in future lessons
  • Students will start building their own app using "actions"
  • Journal writing & reflection

Week 2:

  • Graph Paper Programming Project - Intro to algorithms where students use commands to instuct each other to make a drawing
  • Maze: Sequence Project- Students use algorithms to get a character through a maze 
  • Journal writing & reflection
  • Independent Studio App Programming with "actions"

Week 3:

  • Real-Life Algorithms Project- Students focus on algorithms we see in our daily lives and build paper airplanes
  • Artist: Sequence Project- Students write programs to draw different lines and shapes
  • Journal writing & reflection
  • Independent Studio App Programming with "actions"

Week 4:

  • Binary Bracelet Project- Introduce binary and show how data can be represented in more than one way.  Explain how code gets interpreted by the computer
  • Students work writing on their own studio program based on what they’ve learned
  • Journal writing & reflection
  • Students present their program to their classmates
  • Students receive badge and certification

Prerequisites:

  • A laptop computer purchased in the last 3 years and in good working order
  • This is an intro course so students are assumed to have no prior computer science or programming knowledge
  • Students should be ages 7-13

About Computer Science:

Computer science opens more doors for students than any other discipline in today’s world. Learning even the basics will help students in virtually any career—from architecture to zoology. Just as we teach students how to dissect a frog, or how electricity works, it’s important for every 21st century student to have a chance to “dissect an app,” or learn how the Internet works.

Everybody in this country should learn how to program a computer... because it teaches you how to think
— Steve Jobs

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