Huntington School Board members have voted unanimously to approve a new computer science elective course for Huntington High School students. Trustees took the action during their public meeting this past Monday night in the Jack Abrams STEM Magnet School auditorium.
Introduction to Computer Science will be offered to freshmen for the first time during the 2017/18 school year. The half-credit course will meet every other day for the full year. The course enrollment is estimated to total between 25-50 students.
“This course is designed to focus on computer programming as a method of problem solving,” states the new course proposal presented to trustees. “Students will learn how to write a program to solve a variety of problems using the visual basic programming language. Emphasis will be placed on the analysis of problems and the development of effective algorithms and flowcharts. The course will also introduce programming concepts such as operators, decision statements, loops, functions, arrays and sub-procedures.”
The district’s Math Subject Matter Council signed off on the new course last May 19. The Educational Development Committee gave its approval on January 31. The class will require a .2 full-time equivalent increase in teaching staff.
“Computer programming is an essential pathway for students in the 21st century,” states the rationale for the new course. “Millions of well-paying jobs will be available in the coming decades. It is incumbent upon us to prepare our students for the multitude of opportunities that will be available to those whose skill set is up to speed to meet the requirements of the field.”
A list of needed course textbooks, materials and equipment has not yet been compiled.