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Tennessee Computer Science Foundations

This course teaches basic computer science skills and is fully aligned with the Tennessee Computer Science Foundations standards. The course covers the core standards and all four focus areas.

Overview & Highlights

High School
Contact Hours

Course Overview

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Programming with Karel
Students learn the basics of programming by giving Karel the Dog commands in a grid world.
What is Computing?
Students dive into the history of computing, consider how computing impacts today's world, and learn about the various parts that make up modern computers.
Electrical Circuits
Students learn the basics of electrical circuits and electrical principles such as Ohms law. Students explore these concepts using an online circuit simulator.
Web Design
Students learn the basics of HTML, CSS, and the processes involved in viewing web pages on the internet. Students create several simple web pages using the CodeHS online editor to gain practice!
Project - Create a Website
Students build their own websites about themselves. This site will be accessible on their own custom domain and will be continually improved by the student as they continue on in the course. It will serve as a running portfolio of each creative project they create in the course.
Digital Information
Students learn about the various ways to represent information digitally including number systems, encoding data, programmatically creating pixel images, comparing data encodings, compressing, and encrypting data.
The Internet
Students explore the structure and design of the internet, and how this design affects the reliability of network communication, the security of data, and personal privacy.
Cloud Computing
Students explore the past, present, and future of Cloud computing in this module through a variety of exploration exercises.
What is Cybersecurity?
Students explore the basics of cybersecurity. Students learn about why cybersecurity is important, recent threats to cybersecurity, and different careers in the field.
Students explore using computational tools to store massive amounts of data, manipulate and visualize data, find patterns in data, and pull conclusions from data.
Advanced Coding Concepts
Students explore various computer programming advanced concepts such as file management, command line prompts, and shell scripts.

Offline Handouts

Demo Programs

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Course Resources

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Tennessee Computer Science Foundations is aligned with the following standards

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