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Department Philosophy
All students are required to take 1.0 credits in Vocational/Technology Education. The addition of two AP Computer Science courses enable student wishing to pursue computer science fields the opportunity to deepen their knowledge and hands on experience. Course offerings in technology will continue to increase as our enrollment grows.
Cari Nolte, Digital Art
Course Offerings
Tech Tools (1 credit)
Seton’s Tech Tools curriculum is designed to help students learn essential computer and document management tools all within the context of building websites. Students learn basic HTML, CSS and Javascript code to build their websites, enabling them to further enhance their learning to develop apps and games. Projects in this class will integrate math, social studies, science, and literacy to help develop problem solving, leadership, employability, and communication skills.
Prototypes (1 credit)
This course is intended to offer students an introduction to the world of computer generated 3-D modeling and coding. As an introductory course, it provides a basic understanding of the skills and techniques employed by 3-D designers in a wide range of applications. In this online course, we will explore basic mesh modeling, texturing, lighting, animation and rendering. This course should provide a good basis for further independent study in architectural, engineering, game, theatrical and character modeling.
Robotics (1 credit)
Students will learn to build and program robots. This is an introductory course designed to familiarize the student with robotics, programming, documentation, and engineering concepts in a problem-solving environment. Course covers the basics of sensors, end effectors, movement, controllers and problem solving. The second semester course continues with the use of robots in industrial settings, in hazardous situations, and in conducting experiments. Individualized projects are designed in the second semester.
AP Computer Science A (1 credit)
Prerequisite: Tech Tools and Geometry
AP Computer Science A is equivalent to a first-semester college level course in computer science. The course introduces students to computer science with fundamental topics that include problem solving, design strategies and methodologies, organization of data (data structures), approaches to processing data (algorithms), analysis of potential solutions, and the ethical and social implications of computing. The course emphasizes both object-oriented and imperative problem solving and design using Java language. These techniques represent proven approaches for developing solutions that can scale up from small, simple problems to large, complex problems. The AP Computer Science A course curriculum is compatible with many CS1 courses in colleges and universities.
AP Computer Science Principles (1 credit)
Prerequisite: Tech Tools and Geometry
The AP Computer Science Principles Course is designed to be equivalent to a first-semester introductory college computing course. In this course, students will develop computational thinking vital for success across all disciplines, such as using computational tools to analyze and study data and working with large data sets to analyze, visualize, and draw conclusions from trends. Students are encouraged to apply creative processes when developing computational artifacts and to think creatively while using computer software and other technology to explore questions that interest them.
Digital Art (1 credit)
In this course, students will gain skills in one or more of the following areas: basic camera techniques, page design, advanced publishing techniques, copy writing, and editing. Students will also produce a creative, innovative yearbook which records school memories, ceremonies, and both fine art and athletic events. There is an emphasis on journalism skills in this class. Participants gain useful, real-world skills in time