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AP Computer Science A - Summer Assignments

Advanced Placement (AP) Computer Science A - (Seniors)
 
Welcome to the AP Computer Science A summer assignment instructions and resources! 
 
Due to changes because of COVID-19, it is recommended that students complete all of the following assignments before the first day of school. Please note special instructions for each assignment below.
 
1. [Recommended]  Obtain a Norwalk Library card and PIN number to access valuable online resources. The library is located at 12350 East Imperial Hwy. Norwalk, CA 90650 (562) 868-0775 near the Norwalk City Hall and Civic Center. The Norwalk Library web site address is:  http://www.colapublib.org/libs/norwalk/
 
2. [Recommended]  Watch the video "Computer Science Principles Lab: Java" with Doug Winnie at Lynda.com. Released: 11/15/2016.  Time: 2 hours, 4 minutes. Lynda.com is accessible for FREE with your Norwalk library card and PIN number. To watch the video, go to the Norwalk library web site http://www.colapublib.org/libs/norwalk/ and click on the Lynda.com link, use your library card number as the username and your PIN as the password. The assignment is to write a one-page single space summary of the key points in this video. Please use MLA style formatting rules.
 
3. [Recommended]  Watch the video "Learning Java" with Peggy Fisher at Lynda.com. Released: Feb. 26, 2015. Time: 3 hours, 8 minutes. Lynda.com is accessible for FREE with your Norwalk library card and PIN number. To watch the video, go to the Norwalk library web site http://www.colapublib.org/libs/norwalk/ and click on the Lynda.com link, use your library card number as the username and your PIN as the password. The assignment is to write a one-page single space summary of the key points in this video. Please use MLA style formatting rules.
 
4. [Recommended]  Watch the video "Java Essential Training" with David Gassner at Lynda.com. Released: July 24, 2015. Time: 6 hours, 4 minutes.Lynda.com is accessible for FREE with your Norwalk library card and PIN number. To watch the video, go to the Norwalk library web site http://www.colapublib.org/libs/norwalk/ and click on the Lynda.com link, use your library card number as the username and your PIN as the password. The assignment is to write a one-page single space summary of the key points in this video. Please use all other MLA style formatting rules.
 
 5. [Recommended] Read "Java: How To Program" by Paul Dietel and complete all assignments.
 
 6. [Recommended] Read "Think Java" by Allen B. Downey and complete all assignments.
 
 7. [Recommended] Read "Building Java Programs" by Stuart Reges and complete all assignments.
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Recommended Assignments for all Computer Science students (recommended BUT not required requirements for incoming freshman, sophomores, juniors and seniors) 
 
To inspire students to pursue careers in computer science, biotech, and aerospace engineering, our staff recommends the following feature films that highlight technology as a central theme.
 
Recommended Feature Films
 
Hidden Figures (2016)
Citizen Four (2014)
The Internet's Own Boy (2014)
Her (2013)
TPB AFK (2013)
The Social Network (2010)
The Matrix (1999)
Apollo 13 (1995)
The Right Stuff (1983)
 
Recommended Documentary Films
 
 
  
To prepare students new to programming, we encourage students to watch programming videos on Lynda.com (using the Norwalk library card and PIN).
 
Focus on the following programming languages:  Java, Python, and JavaScript
 
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Have fun and enjoy your summer!  
 
Warmest regards,
 
Mr. Vinson Pluma, CS Instructor
AP Computer Science A (Java)
 
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AP Computer Science A - Downloadable Documents
(Collegeboard.com resources - Click each link to download)
The content covers all of the curriculum taught in AP Computer Science A.