CREATING TOMORROW: COMPUTER SCIENCE BY DESIGN
In this course, students enhance their design and technology skills to create software products relevant to the digital age in which we live. Combining software engineering and entrepreneurship, students create digital products such as games, web sites, videos, and mobile apps using a variety of software tools and computer languages, and learn how to brand and market these products and services. Students apply the main principles, methodologies, and techniques of the software development life cycle and learn how to conduct market research, conceptual design, prototype development, product implementation and testing, as well as branding, event management, and social media marketing. By the end of Semester I, students are positioned to design a suite of digital products that they may continue to develop and market forward.
Students may choose to enroll in this course for Semester I only (0.5 credit) or for Semesters I and II (1.0 credit). For students continuing into Semester II, this course shifts into personalized, project-based work where they engage in individual research projects. Using the knowledge and skills gained in Semester I as the foundation, students are guided through a self-designed, long-term research project on the topic of their choosing. In Semester II, students are expected to engage in deep, sustained inquiry, authentic and iterative research, critical analysis, and rigorous reflection, revision, and assessment. Pathway options from which students might choose include:
Upon completion of their inquiry-driven project, students will have gained academic maturity and expanded their ability to engage in a diverse and changing world. They will be able to draw and defend conclusions from theoretical underpinnings, contextual background, and mathematical analysis or source evaluation. Finally, they will have created and tested something useful of their own design.
Prerequisite: Successful completion of a One Schoolhouse computer science course or permission from the administration
Approved by: the NCAA and UC Schools
Course Year: September 2018 - May 2019
"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!”
Meet Your Teacher
Computer Science Teacher
BA Thomas Edison State College
MS Monmouth University
PhD Nova Southeastern University
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