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Intro to 

This 8-week course is designed for 4th - 7th graders with a one-hour long lesson every week. The class covers the fundamental skills in Python/Java depending on which course your child is interested in, including how to represent and store data using data types and variables, and how to use conditionals and loops to control the flow of your programs. You’ll learn to harness the power of complex data structures like lists, arrays, and other collections to store related data. You’ll define and document your own custom functions/methods, learn to debug, and learn the fundamentals of object-oriented programming.  This is only a portion of what will be covered in the syllabus.

Course Dates:  TBD

(1 meeting per week)


Week 1: Basics of the Language & Coding

  • Setting up the IDE

  • Variables

    • Data Types - Primitives

  • Printing

    • How to run the code

    • syntax

  • Conditional Statements and Logic

Week 2: Loops

  • For Loops

    • nested, for each loops​

  • While Loops

Week 3: Object-Oriented Programming​ (OOP)

  • Inheritance

  • Polymorphism

Week 4: Classes and Methods (cont. OOP)

  • Encapsulation

  • Abstract Classes, Methods

Week 5: Arrays

  • Initializing, Declaring, Sorting, Searching

Week 6: ArrayList implementation

  • Utilizing ArrayList and more complex datastructures

  • Manipulation of Data in Datastructures

Week 7: Sorting

  • Overview of both basic and advanced sorting systems

  • Implementation of Simple sorts

Week 8: Searching

  • Overview of basic and advanced searches

  • Implementation of basic and advanced searches

Meet Your Instructors

Robert Zhang

Java Instructor


Robert is currently a sophomore at The Harker School in San Jose. Aside from his academic pursuits in computer science, physics, and music, Robert loves photography and videography, and is getting into video editing more too. His first coding language learned was Scratch, and eventually progressed to Python, Java, and learned some HTML over the summer as well.  

Johnathan Mo

Java Instructor


Johnathan is a sophomore at the Harker School. Outside of school, he enjoys video editing and cinematography. He also participates in FTC robotics as part of the software team. Over the summer he has taken several classes in Chemistry and Programming

Dhruv Trivedi

Coding Teacher

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Dhruv is currently a freshman at The Harker School. He enjoys coding, teaching skills to others, mathematics, and is proficient in Java. He enjoys problem-solving and critical thinking in his free time, and is currently learning Python. Dhruv has experience teaching in subjects including mathematics and coding.  He does these things to give back to the communities he is grateful for.

Grant Sims

Python Instructor


Grant is currently a sophomore at The Harker School. He enjoys machine learning, rocketry, robotics, and video editing. He is also the build lead for his robotics team and is extremely capable in both CAD and coding. He is fluent in Java and is extremely proficient in both Python and C++. 

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