The Tech Apps and Coding course is a beginning computer science course that is fully aligned to the CSTA 2 standards for students in grades 6-8. Students explore the basics of programming, web design, internet safety, and how information is represented digitally and sent over the Internet. Students learn to code with Tracy the Turtle, use the design process to create a website that addresses a community issue, and explore the impacts of internet-based innovations.

With a unique focus on creativity, problem solving and project based learning, Tech Apps and Coding gives students the opportunity to explore several important topics of computing using their own ideas and creativity to develop an interest in computer science that will foster further endeavors in the field.

Who should take this course?

This course is designed for complete beginners with no previous background in computer science. There are no prerequisites for this course, and the course is recommended for middle school students.

How long is this course?

Tech Apps and Coding is a full-year course. However, it can be broken down into semesters or quarters based on school needs. To see our recommendations for how to break down the course, check out the Tech Apps and Coding syllabus.

What's covered in Tech Apps and Coding course?

Here is a description of each unit:

Tech Apps and Coding Modules

To learn more, visit the Tech Apps and Coding syllabus.

Physical Computing: Intro to micro:bit

This module is necessary to cover 100% of the CSTA 2 standards. For students to fully experience physical computing in the Intro to micro:bit module, they’ll need access to a few materials. These include the micro:bit device, wires, LEDs, and resistors. A complete list can be found at codehs.com/techapps_microbit_materials.

If needed, students are able to complete 90% of this module without micro:bit materials using the simulations in the MakeCode environment.

Note: The Intro to micro:bit module in Tech Apps for Coding is the first module in the Intro to Physical Computing with micro:bit course. Learn more about this course here.

CSTA Curriculum Pathway

Tech Apps and Coding is 100% aligned to the CSTA 2 standards and is part of the CodeHS CSTA Curriculum Pathway.

To learn more, head to the course overview page for Tech Apps and Coding!

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