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Students encouraged to try new computer science classes

Ebony Tatmon, Panther Growls staff member

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Lufkin High School freshman Nathan Hinckley works on a coding project in Computer Science Principles. (Photo by EBONY TATMON/Lufkin High School Panther Growls)

Lufkin High School added three new computer science courses to its class offerings this year: Computer Science Principles, Computer Science I and Computer Science A.

“It’s a really great way to get AP credit,” computer science teacher Dayna Kerr said, “so we would like to encourage anyone who has taken Algebra I to at least try Computer Science Principles to see if you like computer science and want to pursue a career in it. If you end up liking Principles, then sign up for the other two!”

All of the 18-week courses are College Board classes. The classes come with AP credit and — for students who take two of them — they also count as a foreign language credit. Computer Science A can count as a student’s fourth math credit.

In Computer Science Principles, which is the most basic of the three, students will learn how to communicate with computers as humans and do a little coding. In Computer Science I, students will mainly just practice coding and programming the computers to do what they want them to do.

Students must take Algebra I before enrolling in Computer Science Principles and Geometry before getting in Computer Science I.

The idea of adding computer science classes at LHS came from Ryan Melton, a former math teacher at LHS. He saw how other schools offered the courses and believed LHS should have them, too, Kerr said.

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