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3. Intro to CS First and Computer Science


Hey, and welcome to CS First Music and Sound. I’m KaMar, and I’ll be leading you through a computer science exploration over the next 8 days of this club.

Today, you’ll discover what computer science is all about, see the music and sound-oriented projects you’ll make in this club, and finally, have an opportunity to make your very first computer program in this CS First club. CS First Music and Sound is a computer science club. Computer science uses computers to make amazing projects (also called programs) that allow people to play, entertain themselves and others, solve problems, do work, and save time. In this club, you'll learn all the different ways computer science relates to things you do and see every day--you might be surprised! In this club, the projects you will build involve creating projects that make music and sound. However, computer science allows people to build all types of projects and solve many types of problems, from creating a game like Flappy Bird to finding cures for diseases.

Over the next 8 club sessions, you’ll be introduced to some of the incredible creations people build and problems people solve using computer science. You will also learn how to use computer science to create your own music and animations for music videos. When this club ends, you will have a portfolio of your own music creations, and will have developed a basic understanding of many computer science concepts.

Take a look at these projects that you’ll have a chance to build over the next 8 club sessions. Think of these projects as examples, or jumping-off points, for your own creations.

You’ll make your own decisions about how to design and program your projects, and you’ll get the chance to customize and personalize them. In the end, your projects might not look much like the example projects--they will be truly your own, original creations.

First, though, you’ll get a chance to explore the tool you’ll use to create your Music and Sound projects, Scratch, and you’ll create your first computer program in this club. Once you have finished watching this screencast, open a new project in Scratch. To do this, click the “Scratch” link next to this screencast. This will open Scratch in a new tab on your computer. Sign in to Scratch using the sign-in information from your CS First club pass, then click “create” to open a new project.

Once you’ve done this, click the CS First tab, then the arrow under this screencast to move on to the next step.

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  1. Open the Scratch link next to this video.
  2. Click create and sign in.
  3. Click the green arrow below this video when finished!