“I liked the challenge it presented. I barely coded before and whenever I did, none of the information stuck, but in this class and with the challenges, more has now stuck with me.” — From a program course evaluation
This course, intended for students with little or no programming experience, provides an intensive introduction to Python, one of the most popular and user-friendly programming languages, and to programming in general.
Participants become familiar with fundamental computer science concepts and are challenged through the use of logic games, programming problems, and hands-on assignments to develop logical reasoning and problem-solving skills. Class time alternates between instruction in new concepts and practical exercises in applying these concepts, allowing students ample opportunities to work with algorithms and code.
By the end of this course, students should have a solid understanding of variables and user interaction, control flow statements, and using library functions. This knowledge will support them in future ventures in computer science and engineering.
Participants are expected to bring laptops for this class. Laptops can either be a PC or a Mac, but should have 8GB – 10GB of free space.
Leighanne Hsu holds a master’s degree in computer science from Columbia University and is currently a Ph.D. student at the University of Delaware. She holds a bachelor's degree from The College of New Jersey, where she tutored computer science for three years. Her areas of interest include natural language processing, particularly machine translation, speech processing, and dialogue systems, as well as other fields in artificial intelligence.
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