I have been excited to launch the first year of the Computer Science Applied Discoveries class for second-level students. This design and engineering-based class explored the concepts of schematic design, game mechanics development, data science analysis, trigonometric and algebraic field calculations, Robot C programming, and robotics integration with the VEX IQ and "Mouse Create" online design platforms.
There will be plenty of engaging, NGSS relevant, and PBL (Project Based Learning) collaborative projects that will challenge students to use creative and analytical skills that will highly relevant to 21 Century technological careers and aspirations. Stay tuned for exciting project examples!
Academic Focus: the focus of the S.T.E.A.M. Magnet Computer Science will center around the design process, visual sprite mapping, animation, augmented reality design (Vuforia), virtual reality design (Unity3D), 3D Printing (AutoDesk 123D Design and MakerBot), UX (user experience) concepts, and entrepreneurial skills developed through technology. Furthermore, students will apply programming concepts to robotics, physical computing, and basic engineering concepts. There are countless computer skills and program applications currently emerging in the technology-centered world today, and there are disruptors in every industry. Furthermore, there are also emerging design skills that will be relevant for jobs and careers created five years from now. My hopes for this semester is to create a cutting-edge and exciting technological environment, in which students collaborate towards two final digital and/or analog projects utilizing their creative problem solving skills.
I strongly believe that friendly and meaningful competition is a proven way of fostering a positive and collaborative learning environment for students of all backgrounds. I am happy to announce that Daniel Webster will be a part of the Cyber Patriots (cyber security) and the VEX IQ (robotics) competitions hosted at the Daniel Webster school site and at other schools around Los Angeles. I will continually apply the reiterative process while encouraging students to push through the setbacks that may occur while programming complex systems. Here are some of the computer programs which will be utilized throughout the semester (click on the image for more in-depth information):