My students are a mixture of ninth, tenth, eleventh, and twelfth graders who have chosen to take an AP level computer science course as an elective because they want to explore deeply the impacts of computing innovations and the ways in which they can become creators and leaders in a world dominated by computers.
In other words, these students are the future of computer science.
They will benefit immensely from taking an AP Computer Science Principles course. In this class, they will learn problem solving and creativity in ways that were impossible before computers.
Having purchased a single unit after an EdTech conference a few months ago, one of my students was able to program the board to do things I had not even imagined. For example, she coded the Star Wars theme song, set to various light schemes.
Physical computing tools such as the Circuit Playground Express encourage problem solving and creativity in computer science by giving students myriad opportunities to inquire and explore.
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