About the Course

Introduction to Python for Middle School Students

  • Grades 6-8
  • CTY-Level
  • Individually Paced

Enter the exciting world of programming using Python! You’ll gain a basic understanding of object-oriented programming and enhance your critical thinking and problem-solving skills as you learn to design, code, and debug Python programs. Challenging assignments will propel you to master important programming concepts such as variables, operators, and control flow constructs. Use your creativity and imagination to draw different shapes on the screen and work with Turtle Graphics in addition to discovering how to reuse code with functions and read and write to files. While no prior programming experience is required, some exposure to programming languages may help you succeed with the highly challenging material. By the end of the course, you’ll be able to apply the basic principles you’ve mastered here to learn other programming languages.

Time Commitment: 5-7 hours per week (5-7 hours independent work).

Students may enroll in this course at any time during the year.

Classes

Enrollment and tuition are time-based—students may enroll in a course by selecting an open class below. Students will progress at their own pace, with guidance from instructors who strive to meet individual needs. Note: You will need to have an active CTY Account to complete registration through MyCTY.
Synchronous class meetings typically last about an hour.

3 Months

3 months
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$885

Testing and Prerequisites

  Math Verbal
Required Level CTY-Level Not required
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Course Prerequisites

Introduction to Python for Middle School Students requires:

1 prerequisite

Cost and Financial Aid

  • Tuition
    • Varies
  • Application fee
    • 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.

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Course Materials

Please acquire all course materials by the course start date. If you have questions about these materials or difficulty locating them, please contact ctyinfo@jhu.edu.
 

Book Title: Python for Kids: A Playful Introduction to Programming
Author: Jason R. Briggs
ISBN: 78-1593274078

  • Software: You will need to install the latest version of Python for free. Instructions are provided in the course.

Technical Requirements

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. While Chromebook can be used to progress through the course, all exams must be completed on a PC or Mac.

You will need to install Respondus LockDown Browser proctoring software for designated assessments. View system requirements.

Terms & Conditions

You may have the option to post your work on public third-party sites (e.g., YouTube). 

Virtual class meetings may be recorded for students to review.

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