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Title: Computer Science and Information Technology Electives at the High School


1
Computer Science andInformation
TechnologyElectives at the High School
  • Don Sawyer
  • dsawyer_at_methacton.org
  • October 18, 2011

2
Introductory Electives
  • Introduction to Java
  • Object-Oriented Programming
  • 0.5 credit course

3
Follow-On Electives
  • AP Computer Science
  • Object-Oriented Programming
  • Equivalent to First Semester College Level
    Computer Science Course
  • Most Students take the exam and all have received
    4s or 5s
  • Advanced Java Programming
  • Open to Students that have completed AP Computer
    Science
  • In the Program Planning Guide for the past two
    years but never had enough eligible students to
    actually offer the course
  • Covers advanced data structures, possibly Android
    OS

4
What Does Code Look Like?
private Triangle triA, triB, selectedTri private
int x, y public TrianglePanel( Color backColor
) setBackground( backColor ) int x1
50, 100, 150 int y1 25, 25, 75
triA new Triangle( x1, y1 )
int x2 100, 250, 100 int y2
150, 225, 300 triB new Triangle( x2, y2 )
selectedTri null addMouseListener(
new PanelListener() ) addMouseMotionListener(
new PanelMotionListener() )
Short snippet of java code from the AP Computer
Science Class
5
What Does Code Look Like?
lthtmlgtltheadgt lttitlegtExericse 4lt/titlegt ltstyle
type"text/css"gt input text-aligncenter
.outborder-stylenone font-size140
text-alignleft lt/stylegt ltscript
type"text/javascript" gt function
calcSlope() var x1 parseFloat(
document.frm.txtX1.value ) var y1
parseFloat( document.frm.txtY1.value ) var x2
parseFloat( document.frm.txtX2.value ) var y2
parseFloat( document.frm.txtY2.value ) var c
( y2 - y1 )/( x2 - x1 ) c c.toFixed( 3
) document.frm.txtC.value "The slope is "
c lt/scriptgt lt/headgt
Some source code from a web page in Web
Programming 1
6
Who Takes These Electives
  • The introductory electives are open to students
    in grades 9 to 12.
  • AP Computer Science is open to grades 10 to 12.
  • Generally successful in math
  • Mostly boys (would love to have more girls take
    these courses)

7
Cost
  • Teacher salary.
  • Computer lab (though available for other uses)
  • All software is free except for Flash and
    Dreamweaver
  • AP Computer Science is the only course with a
    text book. All other courses rely on resources
    that either I develop or are free on-line. Go to
    www.mrsawyer.com to view course materials.

8
Robotics Club
  • First year at high school. Lots of interest.
  • Design, build, and program robots.
  • Initial funds from parents (2,000) and Home and
    School association (200).
  • Initial purchases include Lego Mindstorms, Finch,
    and Arduino Inventor Kits.
  • Participating in MIT/NASA robot programming
    competition involving physics, advanced math,
    programming, and strategy. Placed 39th out of 88
    high schools in the nation in the first round.
    Details of competition at www.zerorobotics.org
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