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    Computer Science Essentials

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    PLTW Computer Science Essentials
    Mrs. Sharon Phillips
    Email: sphillips@scvts.net
    908-526-8900 X-7346

    Computer Science Essentials introduces students to coding fundamentals through an approachable, block-based
    programming language where they will have early success in creating usable apps. As students sharpen their
    computational thinking skills, they will transition to programming environments that reinforce coding fundamentals by
    displaying block programming and text-based programming side-by-side. Finally, students will learn the power of
    text-based programming as they are introduced to the Python® programming language. The course engages students in
    computational thinking practices and collaboration strategies, as well as industry-standard tools authentic to how
    Computer science professionals work. Students will learn about professional opportunities in computer science and how
    computing can be an integral part of all careers today.
    Students coding Self Driving Vehicle

    Year 1: Computer Science Essentials: Students will use visual, block-based programming and seamlessly transition to
    text-based programming with languages such as Python to create apps and develop websites.

    Year 2: Cybersecurity: Nationally, computational resources are vulnerable and frequently attacked; in Cybersecurity,
    students solve problems by understanding and closing these vulnerabilities.

    Year 3: Computer Science Principles: Using Python® as a primary tool, students learn the fundamentals of coding, data
    processing, data security, and task automation.

    Year 4: Computer Science A: Students cultivate their understanding of coding through analyzing, writing, and testing
    code as they explore concepts like modularity, variables, and control structures.

    Classes meet for 2 periods/80 min per day, 5 days a week
    Average number of new students accepted per year: 7
    Opportunity for professional certifications: YES
    Opportunity to earn college credits: NO

    We will be using Google Classroom to communicate, share resources, and submit assignments. Please visit classroom.google.com using your scvts.net student account and join our class. 
    Please feel free to contact me