Vistamar strives to enhance critical thinking and innovative problem solving skills through the application of computer science with the goal of leading students to become designers, computational thinkers, and global collaborators. Our coursework, moreover, allows students to take an active role in choosing and demonstrating competency in their own learning goals, based on the project-based work in our curricula. Additionally students learn to critically curate a variety of resources using digital tools to construct knowledge, produce creative artifacts, and make meaningful learning experiences for themselves and others. Upon graduating from Vistamar, students will be ready to tackle meaningful real-world problems with confidence using some of the most modern tools available.
The department offers a variety of courses, including Introduction to Coding for all 9th graders, in which students learn the fundamentals of writing code, programming hardware, and building mobile apps. After this foundational course, students can pursue further interests in the field through Introduction to Computer Science, AP Computer Science A, and Robotics courses. Additionally, students interested in robotics can participate with the competition club to design, build, and program a robot that the team will use in competitions with other schools in our league. See the Robotics team page
for more on robotics at Vistamar.
Computer Science Department Objectives
Recognize the rights, responsibilities, and opportunities of living in an interconnected digital world, and model the use of technology safely, legally, and ethically
Use a variety of technologies within a design process to identify and solve problems by creating new and creative solutions that take advantage of the power of technological methods
Use digital tools to broaden their understanding of problems and enrich their learning by collaborating with others and working effectively in teams, both locally and globally
Communicate clearly and express themselves creatively for a variety of purposes using the platforms, tools, styles, formats, and digital media