Thursday, January 26, 2017

Building a Foundation: AP Computer Science in Middle School

The Mobile Computer Science Principles Project (Mobile CSP) is funded by the National Science Foundation providing a broad and rigorous introduction to computer science while implementing App Inventor, a mobile programming language for Android devices.  Source Link

The course is based on the College Board's emerging Advanced Placement (AP) Computer Science Principles curriculum framework for introductory computer science...

...and yes...some of our Moore County Middle School Students at West Pine are participating in this exciting learning opportunity!

Thanks to a grant funded by the 
Public Education Foundation, West Pine Middle and Crain's Creek Middle Schools were able to purchase some Android devices, which are equipped to test student-created apps.  Students learn how to create apps by using the App Inventor Programming Language in addition to learning all about computer science concepts such as binary numbers, abstractions, algorithms, parity checking, low and high level programming languages, logic gates, etc...  

The West Pine Student Coding Club Members are the pioneers of this Advanced Placement trial program in middle school and are experiencing the exact same material presently being offered at Pinecrest High School.  These students now have a solid foundation, which will allow them an added boost of confidence when they experience the official AP Computer Science Course as high school students next year or whenever they choose to take the course.  

Crain's Creek Middle's 8th Grade Business CTE Classes will be creating apps in April.

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The West Pine Middle Coding Club Members look forward to showcasing their very own apps at the Moore County Schools Digital Showcase coming up on March 16th at 6:00pm at West Pine Elementary School.

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