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Computer Science - Distance Learning: 8th Grade App Creators

Welcome to App Creators!

App Creators is a block-based programming language which continues the knowledge learned from Innovators and Makers. Students will design and develop applications or “Apps”.

 

There are two routes students can take: 

1. Self paced course through PLTW (Android device needed)

2. Self paced course through CS First and Scratch 

Goals for App Creators

  1. To explore the ways in which technology affects our lives.

  2. To learn how computer scientists design and develop mobile apps that meet desired needs.

  3. To explore and model what effective teamwork looks like.

Course Objectives for App Creators

  • To introduce  students to the field of computer science and the concepts of computational thinking, through the creation of mobile apps. 

  • Students will be challenged to be creative and innovative, as they collaboratively design and develop mobile solutions to engaging, authentic problems. 

  • Students will experience the positive impact of the application of computer science to society as well as to other disciplines, particularly biomedical science.

  • Students will be provided opportunities for self-expression. Teams identify a personal or community problem of interest to them that can be solved with a mobile app solution. The problem can address issues such as health and wellness, the environment, school culture, emergency preparedness, education, and community service.  

Introduction to Computer Programming

Self Paced Course Work (PLTW with Android Device)

This is a self paced course!

Please log into the PLTW website and complete each lesson below.  The MIT App Inventor website will be used for most lessons.

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 Website
1 Lesson 1: Activity 1.3: The Germ Guide

PLTW

MIT App Inventor

2 Lesson 1: Activity 1.5: Decision Time

PLTW

MIT App Inventor

3 Lesson 1: Activity 1.6: Bug Blasters

PLTW

MIT App Inventor

4 Lesson 1: Activity 1.7: Game Time

PLTW

MIT App Inventor

5 Lesson 1: Activity 1.7: Game Time Continued

PLTW

MIT App Inventor

6 Lesson 2: Activity 2.2: Programming with Procedures

PLTW

MIT App Inventor

7 Lesson 2: Activity 2.4: Disease Tracker

PLTW

MIT App Inventor

8 Lesson 2: Activity 2.4: Disease Tracker

PLTW

MIT App Inventor

9 Lesson 1: Activity 1.8: Build-A-Body

PLTW

MIT App Inventor

 

Self Paced Course Work (CS First and Scratch)

This is a self paced course. 

Please use the website(s) below to complete each lesson.

Week

Lesson Website
1 Animate Your Name using Scratch CS First
2 Make Music with Scratch Scratch
3 Create your own Google Logo using Scratch CS First
4 Make your own imaginary scene with animation using Scratch Scratch
5 Create your own Avatar using Tinkercad Tinkercad
6 Tutorial 1: Smiley Button MakeCode
7 Tutorial 2: Rock, Paper, Scissors MakeCode
8 Add music to a new or existing Makecode project using the Music code blocks. MakeCode
9 Create your own makecode program and share your project with someone. Gather feedback MakeCode