Welcome to Computer Science!

Course Information


Course: Computer Science 1
Instructor: Miranda Parker
Time: 8:30am-10:00am OR 10:15am-11:45am
Location: 240 Room 101 (Section 1), Sequoia 200 (MWF Section 2), Education 208 (TR Section 2)

Computer Science I

Course Objective:

Scholars should walk away from this course with a better understanding of computing and its impact on society. Scholars will also begin to think computationally, aided by a understanding of Scratch.

Course Topics:

  • Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) 
  • Problem solving
  • Scratch
  • Processing



Challenge of the Week

This week's challenge is in Scratch! Try to make a "Collect the Coins" game.

Create a project where you make the cat move with arrow keys and collect the coins.

Part A: Make the Cat controlled with the arrow keys


Part B: Detect if the Coin is touching the cat and make it hide


Extra Challenge: See if you can keep track of how many coins the player has collected in a variable.

Did You Know?

Where did the name Scratch come from? Well, the name was derived from the turntablism's technique of scratching (i.e. mixing sounds), relating the ease of mixing sounds to the ease of mixing projects made with Scratch.