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Creative Computing (HS)

The Creative Computing course is a first year computer science course introducing the basics of web design as well as foundational programming concepts. Students learn the basics of HTML, CSS, and JavaScript, and students create a culminating personal portfolio website showcasing projects they build throughout the course. With a unique focus on creativity, problem solving and project based learning, Creative Computing gives students the opportunity to explore several important topics of computing using their own ideas and creativity to develop an interest in computer science that will foster further endeavors in the field.


Units: 5
Timeframe: Semester
Contact Hours: 65

By the Numbers

Contact Hours 65
Lessons 122
Videos 115
Exercises 103
Challenges 47
Offline Handouts 160


Unit Description
Web Design: Students learn the basics of HTML, CSS, and the processes involved in viewing web pages on the internet. Students create several simple web pages using the CodeHS online editor to gain practice using the various features of HTML and CSS.
Introduction to Programming with Karel the Dog: Students explore the fundamentals of programming by giving commands to Karel the dog. Students learn about JavaScript syntax, functions, control structures, and proper programming formatting.
JavaScript and Graphics: Introduces you to the basics of JavaScript, including variables, user input, control structures, functions with parameters and return values, and basic graphics, how to send messages to objects.

Format of Course

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

Who is it for?

The Creative Computing (HS) course is designed for complete beginners with no previous background in computer science. The course is highly visual, dynamic, and interactive. There are no prerequisites for this course, and the course is recommended for high school students.


Students learn the basics of HTML and CSS as they create their own webpages.
My first HTML Page Exercise

Students learn foundational progamming concepts in JavaScript as they give Karel commands to solve problems. Students can use either blocks or text.
Lots of Hurdles Exercise

Students deepen their programming knowledge as they transition to JavaScript to include user input, variables, and graphics.
Snowman Exercise


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