Course Overview: The “Introduction to Python Programming” course by STEMGuyana offers students in grades 4 through 12 a comprehensive introduction to one of the most popular and versatile programming languages in the world. Python’s simple syntax and powerful capabilities make it an ideal first language for beginners and a valuable tool for more advanced coders. This course will guide students through the basics of Python programming, covering key concepts and practical applications, and fostering problem-solving and critical thinking skills through engaging projects and activities.

Course Objectives: By the end of this course, students will:

  • Understand the basics of Python programming, including syntax and structure.
  • Learn how to write and execute Python programs.
  • Develop skills in using variables, data types, and operators.
  • Explore control structures such as loops and conditional statements.
  • Work with functions, modules, and libraries.
  • Apply Python programming to solve real-world problems.
  • Enhance problem-solving, critical thinking, and logical reasoning skills.
  • Foster teamwork and collaboration through group projects and coding challenges.

Course Content:

  1. Introduction to Python:
    • Overview of Python and its uses
    • Setting up the programming environment
  2. Basic Syntax and Structure:
    • Writing and running simple Python programs
    • Understanding indentation and code readability
  3. Variables and Data Types:
    • Declaring and using variables
    • Working with different data types (integers, floats, strings, lists)
  4. Operators and Expressions:
    • Using arithmetic, comparison, and logical operators
    • Building and evaluating expressions
  5. Control Structures:
    • Introduction to loops (for and while loops)
    • Conditional statements (if, elif, else)
  6. Functions and Modules:
    • Defining and calling functions
    • Using built-in modules and importing libraries
  7. Working with Data:
    • Lists, tuples, and dictionaries
    • Reading from and writing to files
  8. Project-Based Learning:
    • Developing projects that apply Python programming concepts
    • Solving real-world problems using Python
  9. Teamwork and Collaboration:
    • Working in teams to design, code, and debug projects
    • Enhancing communication and collaboration skills
  10. Final Project and Demonstration:
    • Students will design and develop a comprehensive Python project as their final assignment
    • Presentation and demonstration of the final projects