Computer Science Pathway
At a time when computer science affects how we work and live, PLTW Computer Science empowers students in grades 9-12 to become creators, instead of merely consumers, of the technology all around them.
The program’s interdisciplinary courses engage students in compelling, real-world challenges. As students work together to design solutions, they learn computational thinking – not just how to code – and become better thinkers and communicators. Students take from the courses in-demand knowledge and skills they will use in high school and for the rest of their lives, on any career path they take.
Building a Strong Foundation for College and Career
Whether building apps to meet client needs or exploring cybersecurity, PLTW Computer Science engages students in interdisciplinary activities that not only build knowledge and skills in computer science, but also empower students to develop essential skills such as problem solving, critical and creative thinking, communication, collaboration, and perseverance. The program’ s courses empowers students with in-demand knowledge and skills they will use in high school and for the rest of their lives, on any career path they choose.
PLTW Computer Science Principles (AP)
First year of the pathway
Using Python® as a primary tool, students explore and become inspired by career paths that utilize computing, discover tools that foster creativity and collaboration, and use what they’ve learned to tackle challenges like app development and simulation. This course is endorsed by the College Board, giving students the opportunity to take the AP Computer Science Principles exam for college credit.
PLTW Computer Science Applications (AP)
Second year of the pathway
Students cultivate their understanding of coding through analyzing, writing, and testing code as they explore concepts like modularity, variables, and control structures. This course is endorsed by the College Board, giving students the opportunity to take the AP Computer Science Principles exam for college credit.
Third year of pathway
Whether seeking a career in the growing field of cybersecurity or learning to defend their own personal data or a company’s data, students in Cybersecurity establish an ethical code of conduct while learning to defend data in today’s complex cyberworld.
VIRTUAL ACADEMY COURSES
Third and fourth year pathway students are encouraged to enroll in these additional courses available entirely online at our Virtual Academy These courses are intended to prepare for entry level IT support roles abundantly available in our local aerospace-driven community. These three industry recognized certifications are what the Department of Defense considers required for application in any IT field.
COMPTIA A+ Certification
Demonstrate baseline security skills for IT support professionals
Configure device operating systems, including Windows, Mac, Linux, Chrome OS, Android and iOS and administer client-based as well as cloud-based (SaaS) software
Troubleshoot and problem solve core service and support challenges while applying best practices for documentation, change management, and scripting
Support basic IT infrastructure and networking
COMPTIA Net+ Certification
Design and implement functional networks
Configure, manage, and maintain essential network devices
Use devices such as switches and routers to segment network traffic and create resilient networks
Troubleshoot network problems
COMPTIA Security+ Certification
Assess the security posture of an enterprise environment and recommend and implement appropriate security solutions
Operate with an awareness of applicable laws and policies, including principles of governance, risk, and compliance
Identify, analyze, and respond to security events and incidents
FIRST ROBOTICS COMPETITION TEAM: 399
National Youth Cyber Defense Competition
CODEQUEST & CODEQUEST ACADEMY
Lockheed Martin’s Coding Competition