Today we visited my old high school, Deerfield High School!
9 years ago I took AP Computer Science in Java at my high school, Deerfield High School in Deerfield, Illinois. That was the first programming class that I took. I then got a chance to study computer science at Stanford. 3 years ago we started CodeHS to help bring more computer science classes to high schools. Now hundreds of thousands of students and over ten thousand teachers have used CodeHS to help bring computer science classes to their school. That’s a lot that has happened — and I think it is important that I got the chance to try programming in high shool.
My AP Computer Science teacher, Steven Svetlik, is still teaching AP Computer Science but a lot has changed since then. 9 years ago there was the Computer Science A and Computer Science AB test. AP cancelled the AB test. There was just one tiny class of students taking the class. Now, 9 years later, there are 5 sections of AP Computer Science. Students are able to take classes beyond AP CS, and lots more students at Deerfield High School are able to take computer science classes. It’s pretty exciting to go back and see how the program is changed.
When I visited it was senior teach day, which means a senior got to come in and share something with the rest of the class. Today, a student was explaining what GitHub was and how to use it. It was fun to be in the class, and get a chance to talk with the students as well.
Thanks again to Mr. Svetlik for hosting!