Dual credit Computational Thinking and Problem Solving
Dual credit Computational Thinking and Problem Solving, offered through the University of Idaho Computer Science Department, introduces high school students to computer programming, and fulfills both a high school and college math requirement.
This yearlong course is offered at high schools in 11 Idaho counties, with more teachers earning certification every year. The course is also available online via Idaho Digital Learning (IDL). Student funding for the course is available through the Idaho Advanced Opportunities, Fast Forward program.
Advantages of dual credit Computational Thinking and Problem Solving (CS 112)
- Fulfills the state-mandated senior math requirement (at high school discretion)
- Teaches valuable skills applicable to all career fields
- Great opportunity to learn the basics of coding
- Excellent introduction to computer science for students interested in taking AP CS
- Earn college math credits accepted at UIdaho and statewide
- Meets the intent of the new Idaho state law requiring all high schools to offer a computer science course by 2020
Course topics and outcomes include computing concepts such as variables, loops, functions, lists, conditionals, concurrency, data types, simple object oriented concepts, I/O, events, syntax, structured programming, basic concepts of computer organization, editing and the influence of computers in modern society.
Prerequisites for Students
- Grade C or better in Algebra II
- No previous coding or computer science experience is required
Register as a Student
Students interested in registering are encouraged to contact their high school counselor or fill out our interest form.
The University of Idaho Computer Science Department offers professional development workshops for teachers interested in teaching CS112.
“Computer Science is extremely important in today's world. Just about anyone can use a computer, thanks to programmers. Not everyone, however, can program a computer to do what they want, and that type of innovation is key.” Dalton Hawkins, Sandpoint High School CS 112 Instructor and UIdaho alum