AHS A.P. Computer Science teacher Sean Morris and a robotics club creation
A.P. Computer Science is a high-demand elective, and thanks to the support of SchoolCARE, Albany High can offer a total of four sections to 120 fledging programmers, like junior Zain Kazi.
“It’s fun and hands-on,” said Zain. “We also spend a lot of time talking about the pros and cons of advancements in technology, like [Artificial Intelligence]. It’s not just a programming class.”
The original A.P. Computer Science class, taught by Sean Morris for the last eight years, was developed by U.C. Berkeley professors. “It’s an awesome program,” said Morris, “all project based.” Students learn Java to manipulate images and sounds, and how to run probability simulations
à la “Let’s make a deal!”
In Morris’s new A.P. Computer Science Principles class, students program visually in Snap! and in Python, a popular programming language.
Come lunchtime, thanks in part to SchoolCARE’s support, Morris’s lab is a hub of digital creation. Morris advises several clubs: one that competes in U.C. Berkeley’s “Pioneers in Engineering” (PIE) Robotics Competition; another assembling a 3D printer; a Cyber Security club; and an Air Quality club that uploads data from an on-campus sensor to Weather Underground. Several of Morris’s students are working with Marin first and second graders to program a robot, and they plan to expand the robotics program to Ocean View and Cornell. “Mr. Morris knows how to relate to us,” said Zain. “We can apply what we learn to the real world.”
- Other 2017-18 SchoolCARE supported programs at Albany High School: Two additional elective sections; a portion of the Career and College Coordinator; and the Library Technician
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