PLTW (Project Lead
The Way)-Computer Science
Sondra J. Sturguess
Business Tech/Adult Ed Coordinator
PLTW Computer Science Essentials
FBLA Adviser/District 19 Adviser
PLTW Computer Science
Computer Network Technology
PLTW Computer Science Essentials (CSE) course will be offered as the beginning course to the Project
Lead the Way (PLTW) Computer Science Program and will be open to students in grades 9-12.
Additional PLTW Computer Science courses have been added with the final course in the next two
years - Computer Science Principles (CSP), Cyber Security, and Computer Science A (CSA) for a four-year plan.
Essentials is taught by Mrs. Sturguess with the three remaining Computer Science courses taught by Mr. Dennis.
Computer science is the foundation for most innovations today, from national security to
cinematography. Computer science skills empower students to become innovators and makers of
technology. Students learn to use or modify existing technologies to create new systems, uses, or
technologies. Computer science teaches students how to be creative, problem solve, and reason
logically. Computing is for everyone, everywhere and is not a standalone discipline. It is applied in
every industry and field of study to drive innovation and empower problem solving.
Over the course of the PLTW Computer Science program, the focus will be on:
- fostering an inclusive computing culture with emphasis
on the value of diverse perspectives in development processes
- collaborating around computing to foster skills used by computing professionals
recognizing and defining computational problems to problems can be solved and analyzed
- developing and using abstractions to help identify
patterns and create generalizations to simplify a complex system and focus on the relevant tasks
- creating computational artifacts that embrace both creative expression and problem solving
testing and refining computational artifacts by following a deliberate and iterative process
- communicating about computing by using clear communication including precise language and
careful consideration of possible audiences
- connecting computing by recognizing that computational thinking is conceptualizing, not
programming; fundamental, not rote skill; a way that humans, not computers, think;
complements and combines mathematical and engineering thinking
Learning computer science empowers young people to compete in the global economy and pursue
careers across all sectors because it teaches students computational thinking practices and
problem-solving skills applicable in any industry.
The U.S. Department of Labor predicts that the
fastest growing and highest paying jobs over the next decade will be computer science related.
Computer scientists enjoy a wide range of career options, since all industries involve computing,
including the arts, agriculture, energy, healthcare, manufacturing, security, and transportation.
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Amendments of 1972 and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1974 and
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