Friday, December 9, 2016

Week of December 12th - 16th, 2016

Python subroutines quiz

Computer dissection

Robotics/AI current event group 4:
P1: Brianna, Ben, Molly, Kerry
P2: Sam, Emily, Anna, Ashlesha, Sophia

Computer hardware vocab due
Introduce computer bus and bus services
Experiment with the Visible Computer - Class handout
Discuss computer chips, Moore's Law
How do they make computer chips?
Zoom into a microchip
(also: Photolithography)
(optional: Getting Busted in NJ with Core Memory)
Discuss modern computer history: 1960s to today.

Complete computer hardware discussion:
Discuss how a disk drive works

Read "How Operating Systems Work" for today
Operating Systems vocabulary due
Introduce operating systems: two roles, five jobs of an OS

Friday, December 2, 2016

Week of December 5th - 9th, 2016

Test on Python programming
When done, continue to work on Codingbat


Signup for AI/Robotics presentation topics begins at 7:30 am.
Continue to work on Codingbat problems. Complete all problems in Warmup-1, and at least some of the problems in each of Logic-1List-1, and String-1.

Discouraged because this stuff is hard?  Watch this video from

Group 3 Robotics/AI current events:
per 1: Grace, Ayaan, Hania, Nick, Matt
per 2: Katya, Anusha, Hannah, Erin, Candace 
Work on harder Python subroutine problems involving loops.

Give out quiz review sheet

Read Cartoon Guide to the Computer handout through page 64
Computer hardware basics - input, output, storage, processing worksheet in class

Begin discussing history of computers - Jacquard, Babbage, Lovelace, Hollerith
Videos: Babbage's Difference Engine
Give out computer hardware vocab sheet for next Monday

Review for Python subroutines quiz
Finish "Cartoon Guide" for today
Continue with history of computers: Babbage, Hollerith, WW II computers
Videos: The Queen of Code ENIAC SAGE (optional: Getting Busted in NJ with Core Memory)

Herman Hollerith, at age 24

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Week of November 28th - December 2nd, 2016

Do Python string and list worksheet
Introduce Python lists and loops: strings, for loop, range()

Guessing Game programs (and code review) due by 11:30
Python string and list exercises worksheet due by 11:30
Continue with Python lists and loops - complete in-class loop exercises, give out loop homework

Group 2 AI/Robotics current events due:
p1: Christina, Shai, Arsala, Kurt
p2: Willow, Jessica, Curran, Eshaan, Danish
Hand out review sheet for first Python test
Review loop homework
Begin working on List challenges

Here's a link with some extra Python practice


30 minutes to work on List challenges
Introduce subroutine parameters, return values

List challenges due
Review for Python test on Monday

Go the Python section of and create an account, by clicking on "Create Account" in the upper right-hand corner of the home page. Use your school email as your ID. When you enter your name, please type your period, followed by your last name, followed by your first name, like this:
                2 – Jones, Mike
Then, back on the home page, click "prefs". At the bottom of the page, under Teacher Share, enter my email address, This will allow me to see your progress.

Please complete problems in Warmup-1.  If you finish, go on to Logic-1 and List-1.

Signup for AI presentation topics begins next Tuesday at 7:30 AM. (Moved from Monday due to test. . . )

Friday, November 18, 2016

Week of November 21st - 24th, 2016

Check out this Google AI Experiments web site that lets you play with machine learning.

about a half hour to work on "Variables, Types, Expressions, Input and Output" worksheet
introduce logical tests and boolean expressions, while and break
Begin work on Guessing Game exercises

"Variables, Types, Expressions, Input and Output" worksheet due by 11:30
Everyone working on Guessing Game exercises

Group 1 AI/Robotics current events:
Remember to enter your topic here and be sure no one else from your section is already doing it.
P1: Ridhima, Dienye, Abigail, Sarah, Daniela
P2: Liza, Sydney, Adriana, Subhan, Dante

Probably the last in-class day to work on Guessing Game exercises and code reviews

Thursday, Friday:
No school, Thanksgiving vacation

Saturday, November 12, 2016

Week of November 14th - 18th, 2016

Sign up here to get AI news in your email every Monday.

Introduce Artificial Intelligence current event, paper, and presentation assignment.
begin Robotics/AI videos, as time allows:

Complete Robotics/AI videos, discussion


Resume working with Python - program file format, boolean expressions
Walk through "Fahrenheit to Celsius" converter program in class
Everyone working on "Variables, Expressions, Input and Output" worksheet

Everyone working on "Variables, Expressions, Input and Output" worksheet

Final JSUMC rotation

Friday, November 4, 2016

Week of November 7th - 11th, 2016

Go over RUR-PLE test.
Finish first Python handout - raw_input(), type conversion, the print statement, and print format strings.
Begin Variables, Expressions, Types, Input and Output project.

Tuesday (election day):
First IDLE exercises due by the end of lunch.
Review for the midterm.

Midterm exam

Thursday, Friday:
NJEA Convention, no school

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Week of October 31st - November 4th, 2016

Last class time to work on RUR-PLE
Students who finish should work on Bebras Challenge - click on "Practice Challenge"
Give out "Way of the Program" vocabulary worksheet for Tuesday

For today, read "The Way of the Program" and turn in vocabulary worksheet
Introduce IDLE programming environment, Python variables and types, input and output.

Students work on "First IDLE Exercises"
Give out RUR-PLE test review sheet.

Group 4 current events:
P1: Brianna, Ben, Molly, Kerry
P2: Sam, Emily, Anna, Ashlesha, Sophia

Review for test on RUR-PLE
(last day to show me the RUR-PLE extra credit problem)

Students complete "First IDLE Exercises", start on "Variables, Types, Input, Output" project.

test on RUR-PLE
give out midterm review sheet

JSUMC Rotation