Python 101 - Course Overview
An introduction to Python for intermediate or advanced coders in upper middle or high school with a focus on game design.
- GRADES 7+
An introduction to Python for intermediate or advanced coders in upper middle or high school. In this advanced lesson plan, students will be introduced to Python as they complete engaging lessons, solve challenging puzzles, and build their own games in Python. This course is ideal for students who have already completed at least one Tynker course and are comfortable with the basics of programming logic and computational thinking. This course will help them transition to Python and adapt to the additional challenges of text-based syntax.
Students who successfully complete this lesson plan will demonstrate a strong mastery of Python syntax, as well as the ability to creatively program games and other projects and debug their own code. Students will also be able to come up with an idea for a game and take it through the entire design and implementation process, creating custom versions of many of their favorite games in Python.
- Python syntax
- Conditional logic
- Nested loops
- Pattern recognition
- Simple motion
- Keyboard and mouse events
- Pen drawing
- Turtle graphics
- Using arrays and objects to store structured data
What Students Learn
- Learn Python syntax
- Use conditional logic, loops, and conditional loops to solve problems
- Create and use variables
- Detect and handle keyboard and mouse events
- Write and interpret Python expressions
- Use pen drawing and Turtle graphics to draw shapes and display images
- Detect win/loss conditions in a game
- Implement collision detection between images
- Use arrays, dictionaries, and objects to store structured data
* Online courses require a modern desktop computer, laptop computer, Chromebook, or Netbook with Internet access and a Chrome (29+), Firefox (30+), Safari (7+), or Edge (20+) browser. No downloads required.