Course 1 - Introduction to Computer Science

This entry-level course teaches students how to think algorithmically and solve problems efficiently. Topics include abstraction, algorithms, data structures, encapsulation, resource management, security, software engineering, and web development. Languages include C, Python, SQL, and JavaScript plus CSS and HTML.  


 Course Outline


  • A broad and robust understanding of computer science and programming
  • How to think algorithmically and solve programming problems efficiently
  • Concepts like abstraction, algorithms, data structures, encapsulation, resource management, security, software engineering, and web development
  • Familiarity in a number of languages, including C, Python, SQL, and JavaScript plus CSS and HTML
  • How to engage with a vibrant community of like-minded learners from all levels of experience
  • How to develop and present a final programming project to your peers

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Course 2 - Web Programming with Python and JavaScript

Topics include database design, scalability, security, and user experience. Through hands-on projects, you'll learn to write and use APIs, create interactive UIs, and leverage cloud services like GitHub and Heroku. 


What You'll learn 

  • Git
  • HTML, CSS
  • Flask
  • SQL
  • APIs
  • JavaScript
  • Front Ends
  • Django
  • Testing, CI/CD
  • Scalability
  • Security


By course's end, you'll emerge with knowledge and experience in principles, languages, and tools that empower you to design and deploy applications on the Internet.  

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Course 3 - Introduction to Game Development

Learn about the development of 2D and 3D interactive games in this hands-on course, as you explore the design of games such as Super Mario Bros., Pokémon, Angry Birds, and more.  


In a quest to understand how video games themselves are implemented, you'll explore the design of such childhood games as: 

 

 

  • Super Mario Bros. 
  • Pong
  • Flappy Bird
  • Breakout
  • Match 3
  • Legend of Zelda
  • Angry Birds
  • Pokémon
  • 3D Helicopter Game
  • Dreadhalls
  • Portal


Via lectures and hands-on projects, the course explores principles of 2D and 3D graphics, animation, sound, and collision detection using frameworks like Unity and LÖVE 2D, as well as languages like Lua and C#. By class’s end, you'll have programmed several of your own games and gained a thorough understanding of the basics of game design and development. 

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