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Coding Explorations

Coding Explorations is a mini-course where students learn to code as it relates to music, art, and sports. Using a block-coding environment, students create music beats, explore the digital art medium by building coding programs that create collages, and develop their own sports video games and simulations using code.

Syllabus

Units: 3
Timeframe: Quarter
Contact Hours: 40

By the Numbers


Contact Hours 40
Lessons 29
Videos 29
Challenges 19
Offline Handouts 6

Units

Unit Description
Coding in Music: Coding + Music introduces students to the basics of coding through music! In this block-coding environment, students investigate how code can be used to create and enhance music by building programs that generate beat patterns, chord progressions, and musical sequences with visualizations.
Generating Art with Code: Coding + Art introduces students to the basics of coding through art! In this block-coding environment, students explore the digital art medium by building coding programs that create collages, imitate techniques of famous artists like Jackson Pollock and Andy Warhol, and tell stories through a sequence of multimedia scenes.
Coding in Sports: Coding + Sports introduces students to the basics of coding through sports! In this block-coding environment, students develop their own sports video games and simulations using code. Throughout the module, students build different sports visualizations and multi-level games that can be played with friends.

Demos

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Homage to Jackson Pollock

Cityscape

Make a Shot

Mini-Golf Final Project

Format of Course

The entirely web-based curriculum is made up of a series of learning items that introduce students to some fundamentals of programming. Each lesson is made up of short video tutorials, example programs, programming exercises, challenge problems, and connections. The course is designed as a creative, 35 to 40 hour long mini-course, though schools implement it in a variety of ways.

Who is it for?

The Coding Explorations course is designed for complete beginners with no previous background in computer science. The course is highly visual, dynamic, and interactive and can be used with middle or high school students.

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