AP Computer Science Principles


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Introduction to Computer Science

How can computing change the world? What is computer science? Engage your creativity, demonstrate and build your problem solving ability all while connecting the relevance of computer science to the society! Computer Science (CS) Principles is an intellectually rich and engaging course that is focused on building a solid understanding and foundation in computer science. This course emphasizes the content, practices, thinking and skills central to the discipline of computer science. Through both its content and pedagogy, this course aims to appeal to a broad audience. The focus of this course will fall into these computational thinking practices: connecting computing, developing computational artifacts, abstracting, analyzing problems and artifacts, communicating, and collaborating.

What is Computer Science?

One of Mrs. Rush's Computer Science classes defined computer science as "Computer Science is the understanding of programming, computer functions and problem solving as well as how it applies to other fields, and the social impact on the user."

Another Computer Science class defined computer science as "Computer Science is the study of building and writing computer programs, solving problems with algorithms and understanding how hardware and software works, promoting educational opportunities and helping to expand social opportunity, connecting to different aspects of life, and evolving into something greater than the present."

Various forms of technologies will be used to expose students to resources and application of computer science. Professional communication skills and practices, problem-solving, ethical and legal issues, and the impact of effective presentation skills are enhanced in this course to prepare students to be college and career ready. Employability skills are integrated into activities, tasks, and projects throughout the course standards to demonstrate the skills required by business and industry.

Computer Science Principles is the second course in the pathways Programming and Computer Science in the Information Technology Cluster. Students enrolled in this course should have successfully completed Introduction to Digital Technology.

Where did all of this technology get started? Let's take a look at the world's first computer.

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Assignment: What is Computer Science? Assignment

Directions: Do you know what Computer Science is? Write your own definition of computer science and then create a custom digital artifact such as an Animoto, infographic or poster (Word document or single PowerPoint slide acceptable) that illustrates your definition.

Assignment: FBLA Discussion

Directions: Future Business Leaders of America-Phi Beta Lambda, Inc. (FBLA-PBL) is the largest career student business organization in the world. Each year, FBLA-PBL helps over 230,000 members prepare for careers in business.

View the FBLA Fact Sheet [PDF] and the PBL Fact Sheet [PDF] for more information.

After watching the FBLA promotional video explain in this discussion how you believe this student organization will benefit you now and in the future? Post your response to the discussion board in itsLearning and reply to at least two classmates to continue the discussion.


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