Computer scientists are creatives, problem-solvers, puzzlers... and tech junkies. The fundamental purpose of programming is to solve a real-world problem, and if done well, the design is elegant, useful, usable. Moreover, if done really well, then it is addictively fun. So how does that happen? At the intersection of art and science sits game design, a field of computer science that draws on graphic design, programming, math, and psychology to create the experiences we enjoy so much in video games, virtual reality apps, and all kinds of digital media. This class introduces students to the tools of a game designer: from coding in html5 to probability and optimization, students build on their prior computer science experiences to apply programming and design skills in this challenging and creative interdisciplinary field. This is the most advanced course in our CS strand and is specifically designed as an alternative to AP or as a post-APCSA course.
WHAT STUDENTS SAY
"My teacher was a wonderful and intelligent teacher who inspired me to be more creative and work efficiently. Unlike any other course, I have never been more efficient on time and creativity than in this one. My teacher’s positive and encouraging words and attitude also pushed me to do even greater things, and I am glad my freshman programming teacher recommended the course to me!”
WHAT STUDENTS DO
Learning is an active process at One Schoolhouse. Students design, create and apply. And, they engage with classmates and connect with their teachers through discussions, video conferences, and projects. Specifically, in this class students will:
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Examples of signature activities and projects for this course are:
WHAT HAPPENS IN THE SECOND SEMESTER?
Students wishing to pursue a computer science project may enroll in the course for the full year. For students continuing into Semester II, the course shifts into personalized, project-based work, where students engage in deep, sustained inquiry, authentic and iterative research, critical analysis, and rigorous reflection, revision, and assessment as they journey through a self-designed, long-term activism, design, or research project on a topic of their choosing. Guided by a One Schoolhouse teacher, students pursue individual study/self-assessment or collaborative seminar/peer-review. Pathway options from which students choose include:
One Schoolhouse is fully accredited with the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools and the Western Association of Schools and Colleges through December 1, 2025; we are an approved online publisher for the University of California.
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