The way that we are establishing our Computer Programming curriculum is as follows:
- Year 1 – Computer Programming
- Language: Python
- Year 2 – AP Computer Programming
- Languages: JAVA & Ruby
Because UIL uses JAVA as the basis for its Computer Science contests and TCEA uses JAVA as the programming language for their area robotics contests, there is nothing extra-curricular for the students in Year 1 of our program.
I am thinking that we will implement a local robotics competition for our first-year students using the LEGO Mindstorm EV3 kits programmed using Python to solve a given problem or set of problems.
I’ll need judges from around the local and larger community to judge creativity, engineering, and coding.
Eventually, I would like to open it up as an invitational format that could generate revenue for our robotics program and provide a small thank you gift for our judges.