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The Beauty and Joy of Computing - AP® CS Principles Part 2

Discover the big ideas and thinking practices in computer science plus learn how to code using one of the friendliest programming languages, Snap! (based on Scratch).

Computing has profoundly changed the world, opening up wonderful new ways for people to connect, design, research, play, create, and express themselves. However, just using a computer is only a small part of the picture. The real transformative and empowering experience comes when one learns how to program the computer, to translate ideas into code.

This course teaches students how to do exactly that, using Snap! (based on Scratch), one of the friendliest programming languages ever invented. It's purely graphical, which means programming involves simply dragging blocks around, and building bigger blocks out of smaller blocks. But this course is far more than just learning to program. We focus on seven big ideas (creativity, abstraction, data and information, algorithms, programming, the Internet, and global impact), and six computational thinking practices (connecting computing, creating computational artifacts, abstracting, analyzing problems and artifacts, communicating, and collaborating). Throughout the course, relevance is emphasized: relevance to the student and to society.

Topics include:

  • Data and Information
  • Complexity Theory
  • Recursion, Lambda and Higher Order Functions
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Human Computer Interaction
  • Lab-based Topics: Algorithms and Data, Trees and Fractals, Recursion and Higher Order Functions

This fun, introductory course is not just for computer science majors, it’s for everyone… join us!

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Effort 4 - 5 hours per week
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Instructor Dan Garcia
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Subjects Programming
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Rating Not enough ratings
Length 14 weeks
Effort 4 - 5 hours per week
Starts Jan 8 (55 weeks ago)
Cost $49
From Berkeley, BerkeleyX via edX
Instructor Dan Garcia
Download Videos On all desktop and mobile devices
Language English
Subjects Programming
Tags Computer Science