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IMPROVING THEIR FUTURE…ONE CODE AT A TIME
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Beginning this school year, Glasgow High School began offering the new AP Computer Science Principles course. Currently there are 22 students enrolled in the class. However, that number is expected to increase in the coming years. One factor leading to this expected increase is a freshmen advisory enrichment course known as Accelerated Computer Science Fundamentals (ACSF). Code.org created the lessons utilized in the ACSF course. As mentioned on their website, Code.org is a non-profit organization dedicated to expanding access to computer science.

Three freshmen, Makena Harbison, Cade Bishop, and Russell Jackson, recently completed the course. Each of them have enjoyed learning about coding and completing the individual tasks in the course. Harbison’s favorite part of the class was figuring out how to write words and sentences using binary code. She enjoyed accomplishing some of the more difficult challenges, even the ones other students could not figure out. Bishop also enjoyed the challenges in the class and felt that the best part was “when something clicked and you figured out how to do something hard.” Russell enjoyed some of the specific lessons where he was tasked with writing codes to carry out particular actions. For example, in “The Artist” lesson, Russell had to write code that would cause the artist in the program to create digital art when initiated.

All three individuals have a desire to enter the technology or engineering field and strongly believe that their experience with the coding course will benefit them. In fact, Harbison stated that “coding will help me with problem solving because I have realized that there is more than one solution to a problem.” Bishop states, “even if my career choice doesn’t turn towards the digital side, collaborating with my peers will be easier” because of the cooperative work conducted in the course. Russell plans to go into a technology related field and believes that the experience gained in the course has provided a firm foundation to build upon.

The experience and lessons learned in the coding class have given these students and others a glimpse into the technology programming world. As a result of the ACSF course, some students are seriously considering a career in technology and coding. ACSF has given them the opportunity to discover areas originally not explored. They are changing their futures…one code at a time.

 

 





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