The Software Programming curriculum is listed below for ages 10+.
1. Programming I – Introduction to Computers and Web Development (HTML/CSS)

css_html_js0Step into the world of computers and learn web programming by completing multiple projects with increasing complexity. Build critical coding knowledge that will serve as the technical base for further programming languages. Start individual Digital Portfolio.

  • Understand information flow, Internet and website architecture and elements – learn how web pages, servers and browsers function.
  • Use HTML, Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) and JavaScript within the industry standard Eclipse Integrated Development Environment (IDE)
  • Design, plan, implement and present multiple web page projects that increase in complexity.
  • Code concepts and practice – inputs, variables, data processing and functions as well as debug and test code

This course also introduces Project Based Learning skills by guiding students through increasingly complex projects.

  • Create an HTML web pages on a topic of choice
    • Create a simple project plan for the work
    • Design the web page on paper
    • Learn to get around in the Eclipse IDE (Integrated Development Environment)
    • Create a web page using HTML tags – test and debug the project
    • Upload web page to the StairWay5 Student Portfolio website
  • Create linked web pages on a topic of choice and extend them using CSS
  • Create interactive web pages using simple JavaScript
    • variables, functions, conditional statements, loops

Demo, discussion, feedback and reflection will occur at the end of each project and class in order to ensure all students understand the concepts covered and practice the 5 core skills.

2. Programming II  – Intermediate JavaScript Web Development

Students will build more complex Web applications utilizing JavaScript and other Web application development tools required to meet their Design objectives.  Projects will include highly interactive websites and simple game development.  More advanced software application design, algorithm development, coding principles and tools will be practiced through individual projects.  Programming I completion is a required prerequisite.

  • Understand programming languages at a high level and how JavaScript is used
  • Review basic code concepts and syntax – inputs, variables, data processing and functions
  • Review how to debug and test code
  • Understand and practice how to use variables, data types, operators
  • Develop pseudocode and computational logic to meet design objectives
  • Develop custom functions to meet design objectives
  • Understand and use JavaScript DOM Animation

Digital Portfolios will be updated with all student work during this course.

3. Programming III – Introduction to Databases/SQL

Introduction to Databases and SQL.  Design and implement simple databases to achieve programming project goals.  Organize, query and use data to achieve specific goals. More advanced coding concepts and algorithms will be covered along with software development life cycles principles of requirements, design, coding, testing and deployment.  Introduction to Cloud software (AWS) included.

Successful completion of Programming II is a required prerequisite.

4. Java Programming I (JAVA01) – Introduction to Java Programming

Students will also learn about different kinds of software applications, connected applications, servers and other current and upcoming technology architecture such as machine learning and AI.  The following skills will be practiced through completing multiple projects.


  • Building Java applications within the Eclipse IDE including compiling, debugging and testing code
  • Coding concepts and syntax – variables, operators, conditional statements, loops, objects and functions.  Reusable code and APIs will be introduced.
  • Software development by designing, planning, implementing multiple Java-based applications
  • Software Development Life Cycle (SDLC)
    • Learn and practice Requirements Analysis, Design, Planning, Coding, Testing and Deployment phases
    • Different types of SDLCs
  • Information Technology (IT) management and introduction to coding in teams
    • Learn and practice roles such as Business Analyst, Project Manager, Architect, Tester and Programmer

Successful completion of WEB02 is a required prerequisite.  Course is targeted to be offered in Fall 2019 or Spring 2020.


5. Java Programming III (JAVA03) – Full Stack Programming with Java

Complete the programming portfolio by advancing to full stack programming by combining a Web Front End, Java Back-End with a Database.  Design solutions for real-world problems and learn how software is used in Business and develop an Business Plan to implement student-designed solutions.


Gain more hands-on experience by completing multiple projects covering the following topics:

  • Data architecture and analysis – how to build a database
  • Getting data in and out of a database with SQL programming
  • Integrating Java and SQL to build an application
  • Full stack programming by integrating of HTML, CSS, JavaScript, Java, APIs, SQL and Database
  • A look into other programming languages – syntax, common structures and algorithms and the future of computing
  • Coding in teams – GitHub and other tools to support the SDLC
  • IT and Business Management
  • Entrepreneurship

Successful completion of JAVA02 is a required prerequisite.  Course is targeted to be offered in Fall 2020.

Advanced courses such as AI, Machine Learning and Mobile application development will be offered in the future as students complete foundational work.