Allan Didier

Intro CS Independent Projects

Goal

The goal of the independent projects are for students to explore a variety computer science topics.

Requirements

Since there are too many topics which will be covered, Mr. Didier does not have time to directly teach you the individual subjects. Thus, you are responsible for finding tutorials or videos to teach you about these topics. Mr. Didier can assist you in learning the topics as well as finding tutorials, but you are responsible for your own learning.

Topics

Continue your programming project or start a new programming project. Check the Programming Projects page for more details. 

  • Google Docs or Sildes (Desktop Publishing prep)
  • Google Sheets (Information Management prep)

Research a topic in computer science and do a report about it. More information can be found in the Research Project pages.

Learn more game design. Continue working in Scratch or jump to a more challenging program like Unity or Unreal. 

  • Garageband (Digital Music Production prep)
  • Ableton Live, Propellerhead Reason, Native Instruments Komplete
  • Audacity (free audio program, but requires Mac, Windows or Linux. It won't run on the Chromebook)

Make your own short movie or video (Video Production prep).  The Video Production Projects page can give you some ideas and guidelines on how to structure your projects.

Some of the software you can use to edit your video include

  • iMovie (free on MacOS computers)
  • Adobe Premiere (not free)
  • WeVideo (freeish online editor. Your school account may give you more access.)
  • Adobe Spark (free online editor using your school account)

Computer animation is a little more advanced as it requires knowledge of a 2D or 3D graphics first. It is a great topic to pursue, though, if you want a real challenge. Check out the Animation Projects page for some possible projects. A few programs for animation are listed below.

These programs require a computer or tablet, but won't run on a Chromebook.

These programs are web-based and will work on a Chromebook.

 

  • Building and programming Lego robots (Robotics I prep)
  • Programming Arduino Robotic Car

Learn to build and program simple electronic circuits. (Electronics prep)

  • Tear apart and rebuild a computer.
  • Reinstall and operating system.
  • Must work under the supervision of a Computer Maintenance student.

  • Satellite mapping data.