Before starting any Computer Science or programming course, we want all of our students to begin with a strong understanding of what a Computer Scientist is and is not. A big par of being a Computer Scientist is how you approach problems and problem solve. Writing code is a small portion of what it takes to be a a computer scientist. This micro-lesson is where the journey begins. First let's understand the field and why it's so important to everyone's future.
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Luckily, this is where it all begins and there is no prerequisites.
Since this is the first micro lesson in this series it is suggested that all of our students attend this class, regardless of your age.
YES. Just like all of our micro-lessons there will be a test after each lesson. The entire class is 20 minutes long. 15 minutes will be devoted to material and 5 minutes for testing. No need to panic, you can always do the test again if you aren't able to achieve 80% or more the first time around.
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Technical Vocabulary and Fundamental understanding
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-Seymour Papert, The Father of Computational Thinking
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I'm in 9th grade. I've been attending Computational Thinkers since 2nd grade and now I'm preparing for my AP Computer Science Exam.
From 2nd grade to 5th grade I worked on completing all the Computational Thinking levels and now I'm working on my Coding + Game Design advanced classes.
I love these courses. I wish I could have taken these courses when I was in elementary school. I had to wait until I was in University to learn this stuff. Now I get to teach them.
I'm new to Computational Thinking's micro lessons but I can't wait until I am ready for making my own video games.
How long does it take to complete a micro course?
Every course (also known as a lesson) takes 20 minutes. This includes the material covered with several games that test your recall ability, which will really help you remember what you learned.
Can I take any course I want?
Yes, however some lessons do have prerequisites. Once you complete the necessary prerequisites, you can move onto that course.
Tiny Course? Micro Lesson? Mini course? What's the difference?
We do tend to use these terms interchangeably. Regardless if they are mini, micro or tiny they are all short 20 minute lessons with a narrow focus that provides instruction in a skill or concept that students will then relate to another small lesson that will follow.
If I complete every micro course, in every level, then what? What's the end goal?
Great question. We DO hope you have the motivation and dedication it takes to complete all of them. We never said this would be easy. This unique educational journey can take three to four years to complete. Once you do, we feel we have properly prepared you to advance toward our traditional multi-week, online courses in video game development, artificial intelligence, graphic design or even our electronic music production course.
We hope every student eventually attends our Advanced Placement in Computer Science A (APCS A) prep course.
If you review our mission and visions page you will see that we aspire to see every one of our students complete the APCS A exam before entering 9th grade, giving our students University credit even before entering High School.
There are may free resources online. Why should I pay for a course?
Agreed. There are a million and one free (and paid) classes and apps for kids to "Learn to Code".
Some other great resources are Code.org,Khanacademy.org, Codecombat.com,Codecademy.com and numerous more. These are excellent resources that students can use to accomplish the goal of learning to code. However, the main thing that all of these sites are missing, is 1-on-1 attention and immediate feedback from a real person. This is what sets us apart. Instructors at Computational Thinkers not only teach online micro lessons but also teach IRL with real students face-to-face. We see first hand how much more progress students make when a teacher and classmates are involved in the learning process compared to independent online pre-recored courses.
Learning to code is a wonderful skill to have. However, every recruiter within the industry will tell you that the coding skills come second to the ability to problem solve with the use of technology. That's what Computational Thinkers aims to do. We want to give you the individual attention you need in order to be the best problem solver you can be using today's technology.
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