NEW Middle School Computer Science Courses

Coming Fall 2021

New Middle School Computer Science Courses!
Inspire Innovation
Engage Digitally
Empower Students

Offered to all 10 middle schools. No prerequisites required.

Course Descriptions:
6th Grade: Computer Science Concepts I
This nine-week course provides exploratory activities in computing devices and software as problem-solving tools. Emphasis is placed on using basic touch keyboarding skills to complete a variety of projects incorporating word processing, databased, presentation, and spreadsheet software. Students will review and build on skills developed throughout elementary school. Students will construct a block-based or text-based program to accomplish a task. Students will study the history of computers and computer science, with a focus on the impact of Virginians.

7th Grade: Computer Science Concepts II
This 18-week course expands upon the Foundations of Computer Science Concepts I course. Internet safety, coding and device maintenance are components of this course. Students will build additional programming skills within the framework of computer science principles. Students will complete one or more projects to include programming, hardware and software integration, and collaboration. Expand on the core concepts and practices related to Algorithms & Programming, Computing Systems, Cybersecurity, Data & Analysis, Impacts of Computing and Networking & the Internet.

8th Grade: Computer Science Concepts III
This 18-week course expands further into Computer Science Concepts. Students will continue to build additional programming skills within the framework of computer science principles. Students will complete one or more projects to include programming, hardware and software integration, and collaboration. Programmable computing tools will be used to facilitate design, analysis, and implementation of computer programs. The students will have an in-depth study of the core concepts and practices related to Algorithms & Programming, Computing Systems, Cybersecurity, Data & Analysis, Impacts of Computing and Networking & the Internet.