Intro to Programming

Anna Pollard
Thursdays 11AM (ET) - Spring 2025



Intro to Programming Course Overview

Intro to Programming is a live online class intended for middle and high school
students who want to learn how to code. Over the semester, we will cover the following topics:

  • Introduction to Computers and Programming
  • Input Processing and Output
  • Decision Structures and Boolean Logic
  • Repetition Structures
  • Functions
  • Files and Exceptions
  • Lists and Tuples
  • More About Strings

Students can continue to explore more concepts at their own pace with these included bonus lessons:

  • Dictionaries and Sets
  • Classes and Object Oriented Programming
  • Inheritance
  • Recursion
  • GUI Programming

Python – a high-level, general-purpose programming language

Python is one of the most loved programming languages by developers, data scientists,
and software engineers because of its versatility, flexibility, and object-oriented
features. It’s also an easy language to get started with, and the concepts carry over to many other programming languages.

Students will learn essential concepts of object-oriented programming, including basic Python syntax, data types and functions. We will also learn how to work with data and harness the power of popular Python libraries like Pandas and NumPy.

Python is free to download, and works on any computer.

Why learn to program with Python?

Course Length

  • One Semester (15 weeks)

Grade Levels

  • 6-12

Required Materials

Anna Pollard

Anna Pollard began her professional career in the graphic and web design industry as a Creative Director in the field of Informational Technology. She has a AAS in Commercial Art and Advertising Design, a BA in Computer Science, and a Masters degree in Business and Marketing.

After 15 years of professional IT work, she made a career change to share her technology knowledge with students and began a career in teaching for many years.

Anna is married, has a 27 year old son whom she also home schooled, and who is now a chef at a French restaurant.

Anna has adopted/rescued multiple cats and two horses. In her spare time, she helps with the horses at Love of Lacey Equine rescue in Bunn Level, NC. She is also a member of the Colored Pencil Society of America and creates colored pencil art work for show at local art galleries.

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