The Beauty and Joy of Computing

An AP CS Principles Course

Try the Curriculum Join PD Summer 2018

The Beauty and Joy of Computing (BJC) is an introductory computer science curriculum developed at the University of California, Berkeley, intended for non-CS majors at the high school junior through undergraduate freshman level. It was one of the five initial pilot programs for the AP CS Principles course being developed by the College Board and the National Science Foundation. We offer it as CS10 at Berkeley.

How is BJC Special?

2018 Professional Development

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New York City Public High School Teachers

We offer a six-week spring and summer workshop in cooperation with the NYC DOE. apply for PD now for summer 2018.

Everyone Else

We offer a three-week summer professional development workshop for teachers intending to teach BJC the following year. In this workshop, the first and last weeks are done online; the middle week is held face-to-face in one of several locations. Apply today through June 1, 2018:

Pathfinders Institute July 15-20, 2018

BJC will offer free computer science professional development at the Indiana University Bloomington campus July 15-20, 2018 for up to 80 high school teachers with generous support from Infosys Foundation. See the Pathfinders Institute announcement for more info.

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Snap! Programming Language

Snap! (formerly BYOB) is a visual, drag-and-drop programming language. It is an extended reimplementation of Scratch (a project of the Lifelong Kindergarten Group at the MIT Media Lab) that allows you to Build Your Own Blocks. It also features first class lists, first class procedures, and continuations. These added capabilities make it suitable for a serious introduction to computer science for high school or college students.

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Textbook on Social Implications

In the non-programming part of our course we try to balance a fundamental optimism about the future of computer technology with an understanding of its limitations and potential for harm. Student readings are taken mainly from the excellent textbook Blown to Bits, which is available for free online download.