Introduction to Computer Science and Engineering
- Grades 3-6
Enhance your problem-solving skills and creativity as you learn the principles of scientific engineering and computer programming. The first half of this course covers the scientific method, electricity, circuits, and related concepts, while the second half introduces you to Scratch programming and basic techniques such as statements, loops, and if-then logic. Using a Makey Makey board, you’ll apply your knowledge of scientific engineering and computer science to produce projects such as controlling Scratch programs by completing wired circuits. You’ll progress through each unit on your own, but parent collaboration for some projects is expected. As the course continues, you’ll be able to demonstrate your understanding of the relationship between engineering and computer science, with a final multi-part project in which you’ll develop a hypothesis, write out the lab procedure, execute your plan, and record the results.
The recommended length of enrollment for this course is 3 months.
Time Commitment: 5-7 hours per week of independent work.
Students enroll in a course by selecting an open class below. Students progress at their own pace following course guidelines, with guidance from instructors who strive to meet individual needs. While the course provides students with independence and flexibility, students must manage their time to complete the course before the end date.
Note: You need an active CTY Account to complete registration through MyCTY.
Testing and Prerequisites
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Course PrerequisitesIntroduction to Computer Science and Engineering requires:
Students enrolling in this course should be comfortable with:
- Using a computer, keyboard, email, and browser
- Managing files
- Attaching files
- Compressing/decompressing files
Cost and Financial Aid
- Nonrefundable Application Fee - $15 (Waived for financial aid applicants)
- Nonrefundable International Fee - $20 (outside US only)
Financial Aid is available
We are committed to serving all talented youth regardless of financial circumstances. Financial assistance is available based on need.
Please acquire all course materials by the course start date. If you have questions about these materials or difficulty locating them, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
This course requires a computer with high-speed Internet access and an up-to-date web browser such as Chrome or Firefox. You must be able to communicate with the instructor via email. Visit the Technical Requirements and Support page for more details.
This course uses a virtual classroom for instructor-student communication. The classroom works on standard computers with the Zoom desktop client, and on tablets or handhelds that support the Zoom Mobile app. Recorded meetings can only be viewed on a computer with the Zoom desktop client installed. The Zoom desktop client and Zoom Mobile App are both free to download.
Most course lectures may be viewed on mobile devices, but some assignments and quizzes must be completed on a desktop or laptop computer.
Chromebooks are not recommended due to required downloading of specialized software.
About Computer Science and Technology at CTY
Are you a student in elementary through high school who dreams of being a coder? Do you want to develop critical thinking and learn creative problem solving? And do you want to do it all on your own time and at your own speed? Our fun and lively online Computer Science and Technology courses range from Scratch programming for young scholars to advanced Java concepts and AP Computer Science. Gear up for learning real-world computer languages and practicing new programming skills in an array of projects including animation, game design, web design, and more.
In the newly revised Introduction to Java course, you'll develop introductory Java programs to provide technology solutions for an imaginary new company of your choosing. Think of an idea for a business, hobby, or interest you have. The programs you write in this course will support your imaginary business, and maybe someday you'll use them to start your own company!
Get started with Computer Science and Engineering
In the updated Introduction to Computer Science and Engineering course, you’ll get to use your scientific and creative abilities to design and build lots of cool projects. You'll learn how to use a MaKey MaKey board and Scratch programming to invent games and solve problems. Get ready to take a hands-on approach in this fun course!