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Foundations of Computer Science

This course is fully aligned to the CSTA 3A standards for students in grades 9 and 10. It covers all concepts in the CSTA framework, including: Algorithms & Programming, Computing Systems, Data and Analysis, Impacts of Computing, and Networks & the Internet.

Overview & Highlights

Level
High School
Contact Hours
140

Course Overview

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Digital Citizenship and Cyber Hygiene
Students learn topics on Internet etiquette, how to stay safe on the web, potential effects of digital footprints, how to protect their information, and the implications of cyberbullying.
Programming With Karel
Karel helps teach foundational skills in programming by simplifying JavaScript to four simple commands. Using these commands, students solve increasingly difficult problems and explore how complex programming languages can be developed from simple commands.
Karel Challenges
Students take all the foundational concepts from Karel to solve programming challenges.
Networks and the Internet
Students explore 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
Students learn the basics of JavaScript, including variables, user input, mathematics, and basic graphics.
Graphics Challenges
Students learn how to pair program while tackling more challenging tasks with JavaScript graphics.
JavaScript Control Structures
Students learn how to use control structures such as if/else statements and loops to make more advanced programs in JavaScript.
Control Structures Challenges
Students take all the foundational concepts from the Control Structures unit to solve some programming challenges.
Functions, Events, and Lists
Students learn to write reusable code with functions and parameters.
Final Project
Students learn the theory and practice of user interface design. With rapid prototyping and user testing, they design and develop their own engaging web pages.

97
Lessons
88
Videos
113
Exercises
43
Challenges
179
Offline Handouts

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Standards

Foundations of Computer Science is aligned with the following standards

Standards Framework View Alignment
CSTA 3A View (100%)
Connecticut 3A View (100%)
Hawaii 3A View (100%)

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