Python Programming | Beginner | 20 Week Flex | Automate Awesome

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In this 20 module course we will explore Python from the beginning to working with more complex code that does amazing things! #builder

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Beginner Level
In this semester length course, we are going to cover Python programming from the very beginning and work our way towards more complex and intricate programs. This is a great course for those with programming experience or students that are starting from scratch. Our goal is to introduce various programming methods and techniques as we build examples that have real-world applications. Programming is a superpower for the future, and students will look at many different ways to interact with the world, gather and analyze data, manipulate various elements using programming, and ultimately gain a deep insight into the Python programming language and how to build programs that do something. 

This course is divided into two parts, the first part is composed of 6 modules on the basics of Python programming, which will go over data structures and various types of programs, which will serve as a refresher for those who have python experience, or an introduction for those who are new to programming. No knowledge of programming is required to get started with this course, our goal is to work through the tools we need in the first part of the course so we can experiment with amazing projects in the latter 14 modules. 
I love teaching programming using fun and interesting examples because it helps students go farther than learning hard to contextualize concepts. Understanding what we are doing and why means that students will be able to apply algebraic concepts (like x+y) having understood examples like (red bike + blue bike) in a way that has context and meaning. 
Each module of the course will involve reading approximately 10 pages, working through the video and code examples provided with the module, and uploading homework for each module. Many of the modules build on each other, so it is important to complete each module before working on the next. Homework should take approximately one to two hours per week, in addition to the one to two hours required to work through each module. This may take longer depending on the complexity of the module, and the code that the student is interested in working on. There will be a homework assignment provided for each module of the course, students can work on their own version of the topics that are being covered using the sample provided code or come up with their own unique idea. The goal is to spend time programming each week and incrementally build their coding skills. 
We will be using the Automate the Boring Stuff with Python, 2nd Edition Practical Programming for Total Beginners book
by Al Sweigart book in the course. November 2019, 592 pp. ISBN-13: 9781593279929

We will be using for the majority of the course, some modules may require the student to use Python locally (for example, some elements like opening the web browser can only be done locally), directions and detailed instructions will be provided.
In addition to the Outschool classroom, this class uses:
All submissions to the classroom or the teacher section for weekly submissions will be reviewed and feedback will be provided. Feedback is generally given either as an informal assessment, or with a video, of course, if students run into problems with their code, they are more than welcome to send in any issues, which will be promptly addressed.
No live meetings, and an estimated 1 - 2 hours per week outside of class.

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20 weeks

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No live video meetings
Ages 13-18
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