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Python Essentials: Building a Strong Programming Foundation

Python Essentials: Building a Strong Programming Foundation

Embark on a comprehensive Python journey from foundational skills to creative mastery.

 Start with our Bootcamp to learn Python basics, advance to Game Design to build interactive projects, and culminate in the Sandbox, where you'll bring personal creations to life. This progressive course nurtures coding expertise, game development skills, and innovative thinking, preparing you for a future in technology.

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  • About Python Essentials: Building a Strong Programming Foundation

    Python Essentials: Building a Strong Programming Foundation is designed in alignment with the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) standards, ensuring a comprehensive and balanced approach to digital literacy and coding education. This course invites aspiring programmers to explore the world of coding through engaging, hands-on activities that blend creativity and technology.

    Our curriculum seamlessly integrates ISTE standards with English Language Arts (ELA) crossovers, fostering both computational thinking and literacy skills. By exploring coding concepts through Python, students enhance their technical abilities while developing problem-solving and communication skills. Each lesson is thoughtfully structured to include a mix of coding exercises and practical projects, promoting a balance between screen time and hands-on coding practice.

  • Focus Areas

    Python Essentials: Bootcamp offers a comprehensive and balanced approach to digital literacy and coding education. This bootcamp invites aspiring programmers to explore the world of Python through engaging, hands-on activities that blend creativity and technology.

    Python Essentials: Game Design builds on the foundational skills acquired in the Bootcamp. This course introduces students to the exciting world of game development using Python and Pygame. This module combines coding education with interactive and creative projects.

    Python Essentials: Sandbox is the culminating module of our Python course, inviting students to apply their acquired skills in a self-directed and creative environment. This phase encourages students to embark on personal coding projects, transforming their ideas into fully functional applications or games.

  • Develop Python Proficiency

    Students will acquire a solid understanding of Python programming fundamentals, including syntax, data structures, and basic algorithms, establishing a strong foundation for advanced learning and application development.

  • Build Development Skills

    Students will apply their Python knowledge to design and develop interactive games, learning about game mechanics, graphics using Pygame, and sound integration, thereby enhancing their practical programming skills and understanding of real-world applications.

  • Gain Coding Confidence

    Students will demonstrate the ability to conceptualize, plan, and execute a self-driven project, utilizing Python to bring their unique ideas to fruition. This objective emphasizes creativity, problem-solving, and software development skills, preparing students for future technological endeavors.

Sample Lessons

These lessons offer a glimpse into the dynamic and expressive world of Python Essentials: Building a Strong Programming Foundation, showcasing how students can transform their creativity through foundational coding, interactive game design, and personal projects into an enriching and educational coding journey.

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Introduction to Python Programming

Kickstart your coding journey with an introduction to Python! In this lesson, students will learn the basics of Python programming, including syntax, variables, and data types. Through interactive exercises, they will build a strong foundation in Python, setting the stage for more advanced topics.

Control Structures and Logic

Discover the power of control structures in Python! This lesson focuses on loops, conditionals, and logical operations. Students will learn how to write efficient code that makes decisions and repeats actions, enhancing their problem-solving skills through practical coding challenges.

Functions and Modular Programming

Master the art of modular programming by learning about functions in Python. In this lesson, students will understand the importance of functions for code reuse and organization. They will create their own functions to solve complex problems, making their code more efficient and readable.

Introduction to Pygame and Game Development

Dive into the world of game development with Pygame! This lesson introduces students to the basics of Pygame, a library used for creating games in Python. Students will learn how to create simple graphics, handle user input, and build the foundations of their first interactive game.

Final Project: Create Your Own Game or Application

Unleash your creativity with a final project! In this lesson, students will apply everything they have learned to design and develop their own game or application. This hands-on project encourages innovation, problem-solving, and practical application of their Python skills, culminating in a unique creation they can be proud of.

Course Format

Our curriculum for Python Essentials is designed to blend the dynamic structure of afterschool programs with the proven 5E instructional model—Engage, Explore, Explain, Elaborate, and Evaluate.

Each phase is crafted to captivate and retain student interest, fostering a seamless and enriched learning experience.

Engage Phase
We spark curiosity with captivating programming visuals and thought-provoking prompts to draw students into the subject matter.

Explore Phase
Students embark on their coding journey with clear programming objectives, supported by an environment that encourages experimentation and learning from mistakes.

Explain Phase
Foundational Python knowledge is delivered, often integrating concepts from various disciplines to provide a holistic understanding of coding principles.

Elaborate Phase
Students participate in hands-on coding projects and activities, reinforcing their learning through practical application and critical thinking exercises.

Evaluate Phase
The journey culminates in reflection, where students assess their achievements and connect their learning to real-world coding applications.

This structured yet flexible approach ensures every student benefits from a comprehensive, engaging, and reflective programming educational experience.

Our Instructors Are Our Top Asset

At BAM!, our vision for innovative K-8 education extends beyond just curriculum; it encompasses the educators who bring that curriculum to life. Selecting & training our educators is a continuous and meticulous process, ensuring they are not just equipped with subject matter expertise but also the skills to inspire and connect with students on a personal level.

  • 100% adult educators recruited from prestigious universities ( No CITs at BAM!)
  • Highly refined interview and background check process 
  • Extensive training that goes well beyond curriculum & classroom management
  • Ongoing year-round opportunities to teach in our summer camp. After-school, and structured recess programs.

We celebrate your success!

Upon the conclusion of your child's program, they will be presented with an official Brains & Motion Education certification.