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Arkansas CS I (Programming/Coding Emphasis)

This is the level one computer science course for the state of Arkansas. It is designed to provide foundational understandings of concepts in computer science that are necessary for students to function in an ever-changing technological world. These standards help students learn to accomplish tasks and solve problems independently and collaboratively, as well as give them the tools and skills needed to be successful in college and careers, whether in computer science or in other fields.


Units: 10
Contact Hours: 155

By the Numbers

Contact Hours 155
Lessons 108
Videos 100
Exercises 118
Challenges 43
Offline Handouts 189


Unit Description
Digital Citizenship and Cyber Hygiene: This module includes topics on Internet etiquette and how to stay safe on the world wide web. We will also look at the potential effects of our digital footprints, how to protect information from online risks, and the implications of cyberbullying. Finally, the module includes how to find and cite quality resources online.
Programming With Karel: In this module, students learn programming with Karel. Karel helps teach foundational skills in programming by simplifying JavaScript to four simple commands. Using these commands, students will solve increasingly difficult problems, exploring how complex programming languages can be developed from simple commands.
Karel Challenges: In this module, students take all the foundational concepts from Karel to solve some programming challenges.
Networks and the Internet: This module explores the structure and design of the internet, and how this design affects the reliability of network communication, the security of data, and personal privacy.
JavaScript and Graphics: This module introduces students to the basics of JavaScript, including variables, user input, mathematics, and basic graphics.
Graphics Challenges: In this module, students learn the basics of pair programming. Students will also take all the foundational concepts from JavaScript Graphics to solve some programming challenges.
JavaScript Control Structures: This module covers the basics of how to use control structures such as if/else statements and loops to make more advanced programs in JavaScript.
Control Structures Challenges: This module requires students to use all the foundational concepts from the Control Structures module to solve programming challenges.
Functions, Events, and Lists: This module teaches students how to write reusable code using functions and parameters.
Final Project: This module introduces students to the theory and practice of user interface design. Students learn about what makes an engaging and accessible user interface, and will employ an iterative design process including rapid prototyping and user testing to design and develop their own engaging web pages.


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Format of Course

The entirely web-based curriculum is made up of a series of learning modules that cover the fundamentals of programming. Each module is made up of short video tutorials, example programs, quizzes, programming exercises, challenge problems, and unit tests. The course is designed for a year long class that meets 5 days per week, though schools implement it in a variety of ways.

Who is it for?

The Arkansas Computer Science I course is designed for complete beginners with no previous background in computer science. The course is highly visual, dynamic, and interactive making it engaging for new coders.


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Arkansas CS I (Programming/Coding Emphasis) is aligned with the following standards

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