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Computer Science - Distance Learning: 7th Grade Innovators and Makers

Welcome to Innovators and Makers!

Innovators and Maker’s will allow students to discover computer science concepts and skills by creating personally relevant, tangible, and shareable projects. Throughout the course, students will learn about programming for the physical world by blending hardware design and software development. They will design and develop a physical computing device, interactive art installation, or wearable technology, and plan and develop code for microcontrollers that bring their physical designs to life. Students will uncover a variety of different ways programmers and computer scientists work together by exploring research projects and solving real world problems.

Goals for Innovators and Makers

  1. To explore the roles we play as consumers, users and ultimately developers of technology.

  2. To learn how computers operate by examining  how new computing technologies are invented.

  3. To explore software programming by using block-based coding and  problem-solving skills to approach computing challenges systematically for the means of solving a real world problem or task.

Introduction to Computer Science

Course Objectives for Innovators and Makers

Successful completion of this course and its projects will provide students with a broad
understanding of the computing fields.

  • Identify and discuss the major hardware and software components of a computer system
  • Think algorithmically, how a computer program processes data
  • Design and build microbit programs that interact with the physical world
  • Discuss the role of computer science in a variety of fields
  • Design, implement, and debug computer-based solutions to small-scale problems
  • Use the design process to preview, fix and iterate on a project design until it is correct
  • Identify possible career opportunities in technology & computer science

Course Work

This is a self paced course. 

Please log into the PLTW website and complete each lesson below.

Please email Mr. St. Germain (Bradley.StGermain@sau57.org) or Ms. Desmarais (andrea.desmarais@sau57.org) for your PLTW Username 

Your PLTW Password is: Woodbury1 

Week Lesson(s)

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1 Lesson 1: Activity 1.1: The Brain

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2 Lesson 1: Activity 1.2: What to Do

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3 Lesson 1: Activity 1.3: How to Do It

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Lesson 1: Activity 1.4: Crush the Bug

 

Lesson 1: Activity 1.5 : The Blinking Message

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5 Lesson 2: Activity 2.1: Need Input

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6 Lesson 2: Activity 2.2: Responding Output

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7 Lesson 2: Activity 2.3: Get Connected

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8 Activity 2: Lesson 2.4: Secrets and Safes

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9 Activity 3: Lesson 3.2: Interactions

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