Introduction to Python
Students use Python for their introduction to the world of programming. This course covers basics such as variables, input/output, graphics, branching, loops, strings, functions, lists, and arrays. Throughout the year an emphasis is placed on using programs to answer compelling questions, create entertaining games, and display original artwork.
This second course in Python review some of the topics presented in the introductory course but in greater depth and with more sophisticated applications, and also introduces a number of new topics. This course covers object-oriented programming, recursion, two-dimensional arrays, sets and dictionaries, searching and sorting, and first-class functions. Students learn to use Tkinter to produce graphical user interfaces, which are used to visually illustrate many of the concepts of the course.
This course introduces students to a wide variety of techniques for organizing, sorting, and generally working with various types of data. We cover stacks, queues, lists, sequences, trees, dictionaries, hash tables, and sorting algorithms. Along the way we consider issues of running time, efficiency, and suitability of different structures for various types of data.
Each year, we anticipate developing new computer science electives ranging from App Design to Robotics to Machine Learning.