News Release: AP Computer Science October 12, 2016
A new Advanced Placement Computer Science course was featured at the regular meeting of the New Hartford Central School Board of Education on October 4, 2016. While in attendance, Board members and school administrators gained insight into a class that its instructor, Mr. Matthew Romanow, wishes were available back while he was in high school.
Offered through the math department, “AP Computer Science A” plugs senior high students into the vast interconnectivity of modern computing. They will not only learn the specific fundamentals of coding in Java, but develop a general and hopefully deeper understanding of the collaborative world of modern computing. New for the 2016-2017 school year, “AP Comp Sci A” is the latest in a comprehensive “STEAM” initiative by New Hartford Central Schools to provide rich, cross-disciplinary experiences in science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics. “Even though they are on the cusp of their training and instruction, students are learning quite a bit just through trial-and-error,” Romanow says, “which will then lead to discussions about what makes code effective and successful.”
Mr. Romanow devoted an entire week of his summer to intensive training at an Advanced Placement Summer Institute. There, he was able to familiarize himself with the AP curriculum as well as network with other first-time teachers of the course. While enrolled in computer science courses in college, Mr. Romanow wished that he had the chance to explore the coding world in high school. Today, he’s glad that students interested in field now have his new class to fill out their schedules. Students bound for a future in high tech may also choose to enroll in New Hartford Senior High’s AP Computer Science Principles as well as a wide range of pre-engineering and technology courses through Project Lead the Way.
As Romanow explains, students will be exposed to many types of laboratory activities to help solidify the material studied in class. Sure to be a class favorite, students will create their “bot” capable of interacting with both its creator, and classmates. Throughout the course, an instructional emphasis will be placed on hands-on learning, experimentation, and peer review.
Superintendent of Schools Robert J. Nole suggests that such learning activities will prepare students for a high tech future, whether at work or in college, at Nano Utica or beyond. “Students in Mr. Romanow’s class will get a behind-the-scenes look at the amazing world of computing of today,” Nole explains, “and the time invested now will help New Hartford students build the computing world of tomorrow.”
A 2016 National Blue Ribbon School, New Hartford Senior High has offered Advanced Placement courses since the 1960s. Today, students may choose to enroll in any of the schools 20 Advanced Placement offerings, earning valuable academic experience and college credits along the way.
Robert J. Nole
Robert J. Nole
Superintendent of Schools