The goal of the Computer Science and Engineering Department is to provide our students with courses that develop the 21st century skills needed in all careers and college majors.

Objectives:
  1. Students will develop an understanding of computers and the design of computers and computational processes.
  2. Students will be able to demonstrate the processes needed for handling and manipulating information.
  3. Students will be able to design and test solutions to problems in the world.
  4. Students will be able to work collaboratively and communicate their findings with others.
Requirements:
All freshmen are required to take CSE Computer Science Applications. One credit in CSE is required for graduation beginning with the Class of 2022.

COURSES AVAILABLE FOR 2019-20

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  • CSE Computer Science Applications

    Grade 9
    Semester Course, .5 credit

    This course introduces the seven basic principles of computer science: creativity, abstract thinking, analyzing data and information, algorithms, programming/coding, the Internet and global collaboration. Students will be introduced to the network tools which they will be using such as an electronic grade book and Canvas. They will also learn to use Google Drive and various Google tools such as Docs, Sheets (spreadsheets), Slides (presentations) and Forms. They will be using Adobe Premiere Pro, Prezi, and create infographics. Digital citizenship, media literacy and research skills will be integral parts of the courses. Basic troubleshooting will be taught throughout the course. Students will work independently and collaboratively during the semester.

    Prerequisite: none
  • CSE Computer Languages: JAVA

    Grade 10, 11, 12
    Semester Course, .5 credit

    May be taken for Computer Science & Engineering, Mathematics or Business credit, but not all.

    This course includes an introduction to structured programming and a basic understanding of Java syntax. Students will study the fundamental concepts of computer systems, procedures, functions, methods, repeat loops, logic statements, files and arrays. Emphasis will be on problem-solving skills and variable tracing in completing selected programming assignments. Students will use Oracle’s Java and NetBeans IDE software.

    Prerequisite: “B” in Algebra I or department approval
  • CSE Computer Languages: Web Development

    Grade 10, 11, 12
    Semester Course, .5 credit

    Students will create web pages using HTML and Cascading Style Sheets (CSS). Students will also use a variety of web layouts, color and formatting components important in web design. Students will manipulate and embed images and video. Students will learn to validate their web pages to assure compliance with World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) standards.

    Prerequisite: none
  • CSE AP Computer Science Principles

    Grade 10, 11, 12
    Semester Course, .5 credit

    AP Computer Science Principles introduces students to the foundational concepts of computer science and explores the impact computing and technology have on our society. With a unique focus on creative problem-solving and real-world applications, this course gives students the opportunity to explore several important topics of computing using their own ideas and creativity, use the power of computing to create artifacts of personal value and develop an interest in computer science that will foster further endeavors in the field.

    Prerequisite: “B” in Algebra I and completion of Computer Languages: Java or department approval
  • CSE Robotics: FIRST Tech Challenge Engineering

    Grade  9, 10, 11, 12
    Year-long Course, .5 credit

    This course may be repeated for credit.

    All students are welcome as members of the JoeBotics team. Those students wishing to earn credit for this graded course must register for it in February. This project-based learning course integrates physics, math, coding, teamwork, creative problem solving and the engineering design process in the building of a functional FTC Robot which will compete in a number of qualifying events leading up to the State competition.
    Students will attend this course on Tuesdays after school from 3 p.m. until 5:30 p.m. and on 2-3 Saturdays per month from 9 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. each week during the Robotics season (September–March). Students are also expected to be present during competitions in which the team participates and to work at the “Robos at Joes” qualifying event held at SJA. Students will be graded based on their attendance and demonstration of the skills which they have acquired.

    Prerequisite: Concurrent membership on the JoeBotics Team
  • CSE Principles of Engineering Design

    Grade 10, 11, 12
    Semester Course, .5 credit

    This hands-on, project-based course allows students to explore the engineering design process while solving real world problems. Students will work individually and in collaborative teams using their math and science skills while designing engineering products. They will be introduced to the wide variety of careers available in the field of engineering. They will develop their problem-solving skills along with those used for researching answers and techniques for documenting their progress and communicating the results of their design testing. They will be introduced to electrical and hand tools along with 3-D modeling software to craft their product. Projects will vary each semester. This course assumes no previous knowledge of engineering.

    Prerequisite: Successful completion of Algebra I and Biology.
  • CSE Engineering Methods

    Grade 10, 11, 12
    Semester Course, .5 credit

    In this course, students will investigate engineering design and analysis software, 3D modeling and robotics to prepare them for potential future study of engineering. Students will use programs such as SketchUp Make, AutoCAD, Solidworks, SciLab, MatLab, Android Studio or App Inventor to plan, model, and enact solutions to engineering design problems. These problems and projects can be both hypothetical and/or in a service-based format.

    Prerequisite: successful completion of Geometry or Honors Geometry
  • CSE Engineering and Design Applications

    Grade 11, 12
    Double Period Semester Course, 1 credit

    1 credit CSE or .5 credit Mathematics and .5 credit Science. May be taken for CSE credit or MT/SC credit, but not both.

    This course is a project-based laboratory course. An understanding of math and science as applied to real systems will be developed. Critical thinking and problem-solving skills will be emphasized in a STEM approach using an engineering design model through individual and group projects. Projects will include the application of algebra, trigonometry and numerical analysis as related to topics in biology, chemistry, and physics. Engineering graphics and design software will be used when applicable.

    Prerequisite: Successful completion of Chemistry or Honors Chemistry and Algebra II, Advanced Algebra II, Honors Algebra II or Pre-Calculus and department approval
  • CSE Analyzing Big Data

    Grade 10, 11, 12
    Semester Course, .5 credit

    May be taken for Computer Science & Engineering credit or Business credit, but not both.

    Students will locate, evaluate, and analyze diverse types of data while working with a variety of digital tools. They will analyze Big Data collected globally and create graphs, charts, and infographics to help visually display the data. Students will use Google Sheets and Excel to create spreadsheets with multiple worksheets. While working with the spreadsheets they will create and modify charts and graphs with the goal of making the data they represent clear and easy to interpret. They will use Access to create multi-layered data tables which will be turned into reports. Projects completed will be imported and exported between Microsoft Office and the Google Suite. Students will also explore the many ways that data can be displayed with additional tools. During the course they will work independently and collaboratively in groups.

    Prerequisite: none
  • CSE Video Production

    Grade 10, 11, 12
    Semester Course, .5 credit

    Maybe taken for Computer Science & Engineering credit or Business credit, but not both.

    This course introduces all three stages of creating a video: pre-production, production and shooting, and post-production. Students will participate in writing scripts, creating shot lists and storyboards while also learning how to film, edit and publish their videos. Everyone will have the opportunity to experiment with various filming and audio equipment, including cameras, gimbals, microphones, audio recorders and smartphones. Using video software, Adobe Premiere Pro, students will discover how to edit raw clips to create professional level videos. Students will produce a music video, how-to video, and a final St. Joe video.

    Prerequisite: none
  • CSE Digital Photography

    Grade 10, 11, 12
    Semester Course, .5 credit

    Maybe taken for Computer Science & Engineering credit or Fine Arts credit, but not both.

    In this course, the student will learn to use the principles of art to create aesthetically interesting photographic compositions. They will learn to use the basic tools of Adobe Photoshop in order to modify their imagery. Each student must provide her own digital camera along with other class specific supplies.

    Camera requirement: DSLR or Point and Shoot with manual capabilities. A limited amount of school cameras are available to rent.

    Prerequisite: none
  • CSE Graphic Design

    Grade 10, 11, 12
    Semester Course, .5 credit

    Maybe taken for Computer Science & Engineering credit or Fine Arts credit, but not both.

    In this course, students will learn how graphic design plays a role in media, advertising and design. They will rely on design theory and photography skills as they are introduced to a variety of digital imaging programs, and tools such as the Adobe Suite to develop projects. Each student must provide her own digital camera along with other class specific supplies.

    Camera requirement: DSLR or Point and Shoot with manual capabilities. A limited amount of school cameras are available to rent.

    Prerequisite: Design and Digital Photgraphy

CO-CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES

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