The CISS CS Principles curriculum is based on the course developed by Dr. Beth Simon at University of California at San Diego and the ComPASS project.
The course uses the Alice programming language to address topics of Abstraction, Algorithms, Creativity, and Programming. Students explore a variety of programming concepts and constructs in Alice, and complete the Create performance task by creating an original program in Alice.
The course uses Microsoft Excel as a platform to teach students how to understand and comprehend Data and Information. Students use publicly available datasets from the Internet that they analyze and produce infographics as part of the Explore performance task.
The course also use a variety of unplugged activities that address the Global Impact of computing.
Curriculum materials are available on Blackboard at Cleveland State University.