Computer Science Exhibition 2018

Computer Science Exhibition 2018

The first Computer Science Showcase at Lincoln Sudbury was held last night in the LS Cafeteria. Students working alone or in pairs showed off twenty five final projects, which were viewed by parents, staff and community members. Their projects were assessed by four...
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Squares

This year, I’m teaching AP Computer Science Principles for the first time, using Harvard’s CS50 curriculum. One of the CS50 assignments is called Fifteen, and in this assignment students program the computer to play a digital version of the game with fifteen little...

CS50x Completed!

I finally finished (after 18 months) the CS50 EdX course. I started it when I decided to use much of its contents in teaching my AP Computer Science Principles course at Lincoln Sudbury.  It was hard to find time to finish all the projects – the...

Drinking from the Firehose

In 1999 I taught my first programming course. I used a programming environment called Microworlds Logo, and my curriculum was on a floppy disk full of Word documents written by the teacher who taught the class the previous year. This year, I’m teaching a new...

Reading the AP CSP Exam

I spent the past week in Kansas City, Missouri reading the AP Computer Science Principles exam.  “Reading” is a euphemism for “grading”, and I graded somewhere between 300 and 400 student responses over the past week.  I’ll write here...

Bringing the CS50

For several years I’ve been following news of the College Board creating a new Computer Science course, called AP CS Principles. It sounds like a great course outline, with algorithmic thinking and creativity emphasized over pure programming exercises. While the...