Today, we tap, swipe and pinch our way through the world. The goal of the new Waterville High School Computer Science Course, Cyber Panthers, is to give students tools to build with computers, and to become creators, not just consumers of technology. Every student should have the opportunity to learn computer science - it helps nurture problem-solving skills, logic and creativity. By starting early, students will have a foundation for success in any 21st-century career path. And even better, students really like computer science!
About Computer Science
Technology is changing every industry on the planet, and computing knowledge has become part of a well-rounded skill set. However, only half of all schools teach computer science. The good news is that we are on our way to changing this. Schools across the country and across the world are adding computer science courses and requirements to their curriculum, and now Waterville is joining this group of schools to help advance students and prepare them for future success.
Cyber Panthers will form a close-knit team that will collaborate to ensure students have a holistic curriculum that prepares them for jobs of tomorrow.
Cyber Panthers was established by the Center for Curriculum Redesign, a non-profit 501c3 organization dedicated to making K-12 Education more relevant for students of the 21st Century. This initiative was developed and continually supported in partnership with: The Harold Alfond Foundation, Waterville High School, Thomas College, and local companies CGI and JMG.
About the Cyber Panthers
The Cyber Panthers is a new Computer Science Elective at Waterville High School, launching in the Fall of 2019.
What Will Students Learn?
Have you ever wondered how video games or apps are made? Or what it really means when your hear how people's accounts were "hacked"? Computer science is everything underlying the design, construction, and use of computers, applications, and explores these topics, and more. The curriculum covers:
Is This Right for Me?
To work in computer science, desirable skill sets include problem-solving, creativity, critical-thinking skills, attention to detail, and stick-to-it-iveness—it may take several times before you crack that algorithm to bring your project to full fruition, for instance.
Future Job Prospects
There is a huge demand for programmers in the workforce. In 2015, there were seven million job openings in the US that valued coding skills. Regardless of what students do after school, whether they go into medicine, business, politics, or the arts, knowing how to build technology will give them confidence and a competitive edge.
Computer science drives innovation throughout the US economy, but it remains marginalized throughout K-12 education. The Waterville Cyberpanthers program provides students a hands-on opportunity to experience computer science in many different areas, and provides opportunities for Internships, mentorships, and job shadowing.