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​​​​​Computer Science & Information Technology

BTEC's computer programming and information technology programs offer students recognized entry level certifications in computer and network maintenance pathway. PLTW's innovative Cybersecurity program offers high school students a springboard into the exploding field of cybersecurity. PLTW Computer Science Principles builds knowledge and skills in computer science, but also empower students to develop those important 21st century skills. The Information Technology Fundamentals course prepares students for the Comp TIA ITF+ Certification exams. Students can participate in SkillsUSA, a career and technical student organization, focused on preparing students for careers in trade, technical, and skilled service occupations. Dual credit opportunities are available through State Fair Community College.​
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Entry-level Career Options: 
Computer Help-desk, Computer Repair Technician, Network Technician, Telecommunication Cabling​

Recommended Post-Secondary Schools: 
State Fair Community College
State Technical College of Missouri​
Moberly Area Community College​

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Computer Game Design

Students will learn the fundamentals of computer programming by creating video games. Students will expand their understanding of the role technology plays in modern society and the future of high-quality jobs with these transferable skills. The curriculum aligns with the International Game Developers Association (IGDA). Students will learn about gaming, computerized gaming, and the evolution of gaming along with the artistic aspects of perspective, design, and animation. The technical aspects discussed are 3D modeling, collision theory, and programming logic, along with knowledge of computer gaming hardware. It would be helpful to take this course prior to enrolling in Information Technology.

Prerequisite: Prior knowledge of web design and HTML are helpful, but not required. Art and CAD classes are good pairings with this course.
Open to all grade levels, (if room available)
1 unit (not repeatable)
Download: Game Syllabus 18_19.pdf
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PLTW Computer Science Principles

PLTW Computer Science courses engage 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. Using Python as a primary tool and incorporating multiple platforms and languages for computation, this course aims to develop computational thinking, generate excitement about career paths that utilize computing, and introduce professional tools that foster creativity and collaboration. Computer Science Principles helps students develop programming expertise and explore the workings of the Internet. Projects and problems include app development, visualization of data, cybersecurity, and simulation.

Open to all grade levels (if room is available)
1 unit (not repeatable)
Download: CSP Syllabus 18_19.pdf
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Information Technology Fundamentals

Information Technology (IT) is a fast growing field of industry professionals. This course is designed for individuals who are considering a career in information technology (IT). This survey course covers a wide variety of topicds such as computer hardware, operating systems, security, and programming. Hands-on activities include rebuilding computers, building electronic components, and robotics. Fundamentals is a great foundation course for the other classes such as Computer Science Principles, PC Pro and Cybersecurity. The Information Technology Fundamentals course prepares students and gives them the knowlege necessary for industry-standard certifications, such as CompTIA ITF+.

Open to all grade levels (if room is available)
1 unit
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PLTW 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. Cybersecurity introduces the tools and concepts of cybersecurity and encourages students to create solutions that allow people to share computing resources while protecting privacy. Nationally, computational resources are vulnerable and frequently attacked; in Cybersecurity, students solve problems by understanding and closing these vulnerabilities. This course raises students’ knowledge of and commitment to ethical computing behavior. It also aims to develop students’ skills as consumers, friends, citizens, and employees who can effectively contribute to communities with a dependable cyber-infrastructure that moves and processes information safely. Dual credit opportunity listed below.

Open to all grade levels (if room is available)
1 unit
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Instructor: Mr. David Hopkins

David Hopkins is a 29-year classroom veteran. He holds Bachelors and Masters Degrees in Education and an Education Specialist in Educational Technology. In addition, he is A+ and Network+ certified, two computer industry recognized technician certifications. He is a Master Teacher for PLTW’s Computer Science Principles and Cybersecurity, meaning that he trains other teachers how to teach the program to students.​