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PLTW Computer Science Essentials (CSE)

Course Number: 10971
Subject: Information Technology
Major/Program of Study: Elective PLTW Computer Science
Course Length: 5 periods/week/semester
Credit: 1 credit (CTE credit)
Dual Enrollment: No
AP Designation: No

CS Essentials introduces students to coding fundamentals through an approachable, block-based programming language where students will have early success in creating usable apps. As students sharpen their computational thinking skills, they will transition to programming environments that reinforce coding fundamentals by displaying block programming and text-based programming side by side. Finally, students will learn the power of text-based programming as they are introduced to the Python programming language. The course engages students in computational thinking practices and collaboration strategies, as well as industry standard tools authentic to how computer science professionals work. Students will learn about professional opportunities in computer science and how computing can be an integral part of all careers today.