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. 

2D graphics (Digital Arts prep). 2D graphics work often falls into either painting based (with a paintbrush) or a drawing based (drawing objects, moving and reshaping them). This page can describe some projects for 2D Graphics

3D graphics (Computer Graphics and Modeling prep). See the Graphics and Modeling Projects Page for 3D graphics assignments and ideas.

Learn more about business applications like Docs, Sheets, Slides, or Forms. Talk with Mr. Didier about assignments and options.

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. 

Learn to create a simple song, rhythm, podcast, voice-over and more. Get a taste of what the Digital Music Production class is about. Check out the Music Production Projects page for some project ideas. Below is a list of software apps that you can use. 

  • 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)
  • Soundtrap (free month trial, but costs money. Music Production class sometimes uses this software)

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.

Learn to create your own websites. You can create them from code using HTML and CSS or use web page generating software like Google Sites or Adobe Spark.

  1. HTML and CSS with Kahn Academy
  2. Google Sites are free with your Google account. Google Sites Tutorial.
  3. Adobe Spark: create simple graphic web pages, videos, and graphics.

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

Learn more about computer hardware or operating systems. Speak with Mr. Didier about details. Students doing these projects must have prior experience or partner with students with prior experience

  • Tear apart and rebuild a computer.
  • Reinstall an operating system.

Cybersecurity is a recently booming field. It deals with the protection of computers, networks and other devices from digital attacks and damage. Check the Cybersecurity Projects page for possible projects.

  • Satellite mapping data.