Computer Science works on preparing students for the ever-changing world of computer literacy, educational technology, digital citizenship, and information technology. Each grade will be working on improving Internet research skills as well as becoming good digital citizens.7th Grade: Students will be studying a Project Lead the Way course titled Computer Science for Innovators and Makers. This unit will allow students to discover computer science concepts and skills by creating personally relevant, tangible, and shareable projects. Throughout the unit, students will learn about programming for the physical world by blending hardware design and software development. They will design and develop a physical computing device, interactive art installation, or wearable, and plan and develop code for microcontrollers that bring their physical designs to life.Physical computing projects will promote student awareness of interactive systems, including Internet of Things (IoT) devices, and broaden their understanding of abstract computer science concepts through meaningful and authentic applications. (© 2017 Project Lead The Way, Inc.) They will code using makecode.microbit.org and BBC micro:bits.8th Grade: Students will be studying a Project Lead the Way course titled App Creators. This unit will expose students to computer science by computationally analyzing and developing solutions to authentic problems through mobile app development, and will convey the positive impact of the application of computer science to other disciplines and to society.
Students will customize their experience by choosing a problem that interests them from the areas of health, environment, emergency preparedness, education, community service, and school culture. Because problems in the real world involve more than one discipline, the unit will introduce students to biomedical science concepts as they work on solutions for the specific problems they choose to tackle. (© 2017 Project Lead The Way, Inc.) They will code using MIT App Inventor and Android tablets.