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Computer Science

Computer Science & Applications

Grier's Computer Science & Applications department offers classes appropriate for a variety of student ability and grade levels, including an elecitve semester course on 3D printing, an introduction to programming, and an AP level class for the most advanced students. 

Whether students want to bolster their confidence and competence with everyday applications, experiment with new technology, or become immersed in computer programming, Computer Science & Applications courses at Grier ensure students leave Grier prepared to navigate technology in college and beyond. 

Courses

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  • 3D Design - Grades: 9-12

    Techniques of three-dimensional (3-D) modeling utilizing appropriate software. This includes the creation and modification of 3-D geometric shapes, use of a variety of rendering techniques, and texture. Students will learn how to use a 3D printer to print some of their models.
  • Advanced 3D Design - Grades: 9-12

    Students will continue their study of 3D modeling. This class primarily will use Sculptris.
  • AP Computer Science Principles - Grade: 11 or 12

    AP Computer Science Principles will provide a broad overview of the field of computer science. This course teaches students programming while emphasizing problem solving and logic. Most projects are open-ended and students will be working on them either in pairs or by themselves. Students will be able to critically analyze computing innovations as well as create applications that express their interests. Units include: How the Internet Works, Digital Information, Algorithms and Programming, Big Data and Privacy, and Building Apps in JavaScript. Each student prepares two performance tasks to be submitted to the College Board and they are required to take the AP Course Exam. Prerequisites: Computer Science I.
  • Animated Graphics - Grades: 9-12

    This course will introduce students to basic methods and practices in animation. Students will be using the industry standard animation and interactivity tool Adobe Animate CC (previously known as “Flash Professional”). Classes will consist of demonstration, viewing of related works, hands-on experimentation, and critique. Assignments will further the student’s exploration of animation approaches and techniques.
  • Computer Applications - Grades: 10-12

    Students will expand their skills in Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Publisher, and OneNote. Students may also create projects using free Web tools.
  • Computer Programming - Grades: 10-12

    The curriculum teaches the foundations of computer science and basic programming, with an emphasis on helping students develop logical thinking and problem solving skills. Languages covered will be Python and Javascript. This course is a prerequisite for Honors Computer Programming and AP Computer Science Principles.
  • Honors Computer Programming / Mobile Apps - Grade: 11 or 12

    Students will design and build applications to run on their own smartphones and will use the latest tools and technologies available for mobile app development. Students will learn about the fundamentals of building mobile apps with React Native, mobile app structure, using the various components for user interaction, and the basics of custom functionality.
  • Robotics - Grades: 10-12

    This course introduces students to computer science with fundamental topics that include problem solving, design strategies and methodologies, analysis of potential solutions, and the ethical and social implications of computing.
  • Robotics / Computer Applications - Grade: 8 or 9

    This course introduces students to computer science with fundamental topics that include problem solving, design strategies and methodologies, analysis of potential solutions, and the ethical and social implications of computing. Students will also expand their skills in Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Publisher, and OneNote. Students may also create projects using free Web tools.
  • Web Design - Grades: 9-12

    Students will examine the Internet’s history, development, and structure. Students design and create web pages. Students will insert text, images, create links, modify page properties, edit HTML code, insert tables, and create and animate rollovers. Students will learn how to use Photoshop to optimize images.

Faculty

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    Carol Deremer 

    Director of Technology
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