Pathways for Alabama Computer Science (PACS) will assist in expanding student computer literacy for students in grades 9-12 by establishing a statewide high school pathway of courses. To achieve this goal, teachers will be trained in two rigorous CS courses: Exploring Computer Science and AP CS Principles. High School math teachers will receive training forBootstrap Algebra. PACS also provides training for school counselors through Counselors for Computing (C4C) to assist in their understanding the importance of computer science. These trainings will take place during Alabama CSPdWeek each summer at the University of Alabama.
AP CS Prinicples
PACS uses the UTeach AP CS Principles curriculum through University of Texas in Austin. In this engaging, project-based course, students develop computational thinking and programming skills through collaborative, open-ended projects that are personally meaningful to students’ lives.
Students examine how computing shapes our society by investigating and debating issues such as cybersecurity, data privacy, and digital literacy.
Assignments grow in complexity as students explore programming concepts first through block-based, drag-and-drop coding in Scratch, followed by text-based coding in Python. This innovative course is designed to engage all students, while also providing rigorous preparation for the AP Computer Science Principles exam.