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Intro to Computer Science in Python 3

This course teaches the fundamentals of computer programming, as well as, some advanced features of the Python 3 language. By the end of this course, students build a simple console-based game and learn material equivalent to a semester college introductory Python course.

Overview & Highlights

High School
Contact Hours

Course Overview

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Students gain an understanding of what the course is about and reflect on what they hope to learn.
Introduction to Programming with Turtle Graphics
Students learn Python commands, functions, and control structures by drawing shapes on their screen and solving puzzles with Turtle Graphics.
Basic Python and Console Interaction
Students learn the basics of programming by writing programs that interact with users through the keyboard.
Students teach their programs to make decisions based on the information it receives.
Students learn how to write more efficient code by using loops as shortcuts.
Functions and Exceptions
Students learn how their programs can be decomposed into smaller pieces that work together to solve a problem.
Students use more sophisticated strategies for manipulating text in their programs - slicing, concatenating, and formatting.
Creating and Altering Data Structures
Students learn how tuples and lists are formed and the various methods that can alter them.
Extending Data Structures
Students learn to build more complex programs that make use of grids and dictionaries.
Project: Guess the Word
Students use the skills they've learned throughout the course to build a word guessing game.
Final Exam
Students prove their knowledge of content learned throughout the course through a multiple choice, short answer, and programming exam.

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Demo Programs

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Industry-Relevant Certifications for High School Computer Science

The CodeHS Python Level 1 Certification offers high school students the opportunity to validate their mastery of Python, giving them a competitive advantage when entering college or the workforce.

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Intro to Computer Science in Python 3 is aligned with the following standards

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Microsoft Technology Associate Python Certification View (100%)
Virginia Computer Science Programming View (66.7%)
California 6-8 View (45.8%)

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