You might have learned coding for a while. But have you ever thought about how do computers work exactly? How does it understand the code we write? How do computers talk to each other? How to keep our data secure? There are many fun questions like that.
In this Computer Science Principles class, we introduce students to a wide range of important fundamental topics in computer science such as binary, encryption, networking, and more. It is a great step for learning more about system and architectural aspects of computers.
Developed by expert AP computer science educators, the class also meets the requirements for the APCSP exam as defined by the College Board. APCSP is a fairly manageable exam to pass for high school, and even middle school, students who have done a couple of years of coding and have a solid foundational understanding about computer science principles.
About APCSP - APCSP (AP Computer Science Principles) is one of the two computer science AP courses/exams offered by the College Board. APCSP covers a broad range of topics. It is "an introductory college-level computing course that introduces students to the breadth of the field of computer science. Students learn to design and evaluate solutions and to apply computer science to solve problems through the development of algorithms and programs. They incorporate abstraction into programs and use data to discover new knowledge. Students also explain how computing innovations and computing systems—including the internet—work, explore their potential impacts, and contribute to a computing culture that is collaborative and ethical."
If you plan to take APCSP class, you should take both the Computer Science Principles - Core class as well as the companion Create Performance Task class. The latter is designed specifically for preparing for the exam which typically happen in May of each year. The best time to take Create Performance Task class is around Feb/March of the year, right before the May exam.