Using edX to supplement a high school curriculum
David Neary, age 18, from Attleboro, MA, first contacted us in April to share his progress. We’re sharing his edX story as part of Computer Science Education Week and Hour of Code, to highlight how learning to code can compliment other areas of study. Join the #HourofCode movement by enrolling in an edX coding course!
I first heard about edX when it was announced in 2012, but did not enroll in an edX course until I moved to an area that lacked the educational opportunities I’d had previously. I’ve since received Verified Certificates in Fundamentals of Neuroscience, Part 1: The Electrical Properties of the Neuron from HarvardX, Introduction to Linux from LinuxFoundationX, and MITx’s Introduction to Computer Science and Programming Using Python and Introduction to Biology – The Secret of Life.
I began my studies with the biology course, and ended up taking the computer science course to supplement my interest in computational biology. Before I knew it I was taking neuroscience and Linux courses to supplement further interests I’d discovered.
I plan on taking the AP courses that were just announced, as well as the computer science XSeries. The AP courses are especially exciting because I think they will be very appealing to my fellow students and friends. They all want to take AP classes but are unable to due to lack of class availability. Just imagine how their worlds will change, their college opportunities, their career goals, when they are able to take classes they never would have gotten to take otherwise.
The ability to take my education into my own hands is great. Nothing is holding me back and I’ve been able to find passions and interests I would have never found otherwise. It’s such an enjoyable way to learn, to be able to expand your knowledge on any topic you could possibly be interested in.
EdX has given me not just the opportunity to learn, but to grow as a person too. I now regularly go to Boston to attend public lectures at the MIT and the Broad Institute, and am a member of several computer and programming clubs in Boston. These are things I never imagined I’d do, yet here I am taking the train into Boston after school almost every day, meeting people with similar interests, and finally finding what I enjoy.
Has an edX coding course kicked off your Computer Science education? Let us know! Email firstname.lastname@example.org.