If you are taking a computer science course at Westhill next year, your summer assignments may be found by clicking on the appropriate tab, below. If you have any difficulties with your summer assignment, please do not hesitate to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In previous years, the summer assignment for this course consisted of reading a book. However, Mrs. Tennent and Mr. Sarkar have collectively decided that we will no longer be using this book. So enjoy your summer!
Your summer assignment can be found by registering for Mr. Sarkar's AP Computer Science A class on the Internet.
Here are your instructions for doing this:
You must first log into your school Google account, the one that begins with your Westhill ID and ends with stamfordpublicschools.org. (If you do not have access to your school Google account, you may use your personal account. However, at the beginning of the school year, you may have to transfer your work to your school account.)
Next, go to Westhill's AP CSA on-line course. Register for this course by pressing the REGISTRATION button. Enter your name where indicated.
Once registered, you should have access to the on-line materials. Your summer assignments consist of you completing Units 1,2, 3 & 4 of this on-line course. Units 1, 2 and 3 are required while Unit 4 is optional. The approximate completion time for Unit 1 is 1 hour, for Unit 2 is 2 hours and for Units 3 and 4 are 10-15 hours each.
Unit 1 will show you how to install Java and BlueJ on your home PC as well as how to sign up for some free on-line tools we will be using throughout the course.
Unit 2 will give you some lessons on how to convert between decimal, binary and hexadecimal numbers. Everyone must complete Unit 1. If you have taken AP CSP previously, you have already completed Unit 2.
Unit 3 will introduce you to computer programming using simple blocks. This Unit requires you to create a login on code.org and complete the "Accelerated Course" on their website.
Unit 4, if you choose to do it, will give you an introduction to the Java programming language. Even though material from Unit 4 will be re-taught at the beginning of the year, you are strongly encouraged to do Unit 4 if you have no previous programming experience. Do not be concerned if you cannot get all of this Unit finished before school starts - just do your best. All of you who have previously taken a programming course with Mr. Sarkar have already completed Unit 4.
After school begins, we will have an exam on the material presented in Unit 2, to verify that you have completed your summer assignment on binary and hexadecimal number systems. Thus, there is nothing for you to submit from the summer work.