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Intro to Programming in Javascript

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Fabville Design Center in Somerville High School

81 Highland Avenue

Somerville, MA

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Javascript is a flexible and powerful programming language that can run in every web-browser. These features make it a popular tool for developing software of all kinds as well as a convenient and accessible environment for learning how to program.

Class Calendar: 6 weeks

  • Week 1: What is Code? Thursday May 10, 6:30-8 pm What is code, and how do we write it? We’ll see what code looks like in various forms, where it’s found on the web, how it goes from being “written” to being “run”, and we’ll write simple programs to run in our web browser using the p5.js web editor. Topics: using a text-editor, writing/running code, basic program syntax, color and pixels
  • Week 2: Drawing and Animating with Numbers. Thursday May 17, 6:30 - 8 pm Drawing and animating with numbers. Everything on your computer screen is controlled in the background by relationships between numbers. By modifying and changing these numbers we can change what’s on the screen and make things happen. Topics: variables and arithmetic, structure of commands and functions
  • Week 3: Logic and flow. Thursday May 24, 6:30-8 pm. Programs are, at their core, a list of actions for the computer to take and decisions for the computer to make. Through loops and logic we can have control over these actions and decisions. Topics: loops, iteration, variables and conditionals (if-then-else statements)
  • Week 4: Functions: putting the pieces together. Thursday May 31, 6:30-8 pm. The most powerful aspect of computer programming is that we get to build our programs out of pieces of code that we, or other people, have already written. This week we’ll learn how to simplify our projects by defining our own commands. Topics: functions, program composition
  • Week 5: Structured data: Lists. Thursday June 7, 6:30-8 pm. Computers are very good at doing the same thing over and over again, so we solve lots of computer programming problems by turning them into repetitive tasks. By organizing our variables into lists of related data we can simplify our programs and automate repetitive tasks. Topics: lists, arrays, loops, iteration
  • Week 6: Structured data: Objects. Thursday, June 14, 6:30-8 pm. As we put all of these topics and ideas together our programs get more and more complicated and they become harder for us to read and understand. Computer science offers many different tools and techniques for managing this complexity and confusion, one of which is called “Object Oriented Programming.” Topics: objects, functions, arguments, and resources for further exploration

Why Take This Class? Computer programming is a very broad field with lots of different tools used to solve lots of different problems in lots of different ways, but they all share certain fundamental ideas and use a set of basic skills. The class will be aimed at complete beginners with little to know programming experience and an interest in learning about what writing code is like and how it is done.

You might be interested in this class if:

  • You're considering a longer, more in-depth programming/computer science course. This class is a great way to "get your feet wet" and get a taste of what coding is like before going deeper
  • You work with programmers and programming in a non-programming capacity and want to know more about how the programming side of the work is done
  • You have a software project or idea that you want to work on but don't know how to get started
  • You're just curious -- you want to know more about how computers work, how software is written, or you think it just sounds fun.
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