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Computer Science with Mr. Shane

View our technology showcase here.

Technology is the future. This class will prepare you for that future. Pinnacle Academy offers Computing starting in Preschool and Computer Science starting in 6th grade. We want our students to become so familiar with technology that they can seriously consider a career in engineering early in their lives.

All grades are taught by Mr. Shane, a former software engineer and local graduate from George Mason University and Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology.

Beginner students become comfortable with a computer and its various uses. Activities include:

      • Touch typing with closed eyes
      • Recording and editing audio
      • Using the search bar to find anything spellable

Intermediate students will tie computers to their personal interests and be introduced to the logical thinking behind coding. Examples include: 

      • Using Piskel to understand how computers render images
      • Replicating the technology behind moving pictures
      • Programming a simple AI that can hold a short conversation

Advanced students will learn about real-world applications of varying software, game design in Scratch, and programming in Python. Topics might include:

      • Algorithms behind image storage, Pokémon, and hacking (yes, hacking)
      • Programming a text-based game similar to The Oregon Trail (1990)
      • AP Computer Science topics, such as binary search
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Spanish with Mrs. Hector

Turkish with Mrs. Teber