Course Pathway Overview
Each student at Bloomsburg Middle School will participate in a 45-day (one marking period) exploratory class in computer science. The goals of these courses are to engage students in grades 6-8 in using computational thinking as a problem-solving tool, teach them fundamental programming concepts and methods, expose them to the pervasiveness of computing and how computer science facilitates communication and collaboration, and retain their interest in computing as a relevant and exciting field. Computational thinking skills should be exercised to address relevant issues to students and the world around them. When feasible, the presentation of computer science topics should be blended with other curricular areas such as social studies, language arts, mathematics, and science to support core academic learning. Learning experiences should promote student perceptions of themselves as proactive, empowered problem-solvers, creators, and innovative thinkers. These curriculums should strive to allow students to experience learning opportunities and explorations in active and connected ways, to work in teams, and to build supportive partnerships with peers.