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During this trying time, UC San Diego Extension remains committed to helping you achieve your goals. In an effort to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, we have moved this summer’s Sally Ride Science Junior Academy workshops online. These online STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math) workshops for students entering 4th-12th grade will be conducted through virtual class meetings using the Zoom conferencing system and the learning platform Canvas.

Start Coding with JavaScript


If you’re looking to prepare for the high-tech jobs of the future, JavaScript is a great way to start. This popular programming language is the backbone of web development. Learning JavaScript gives you the power to create and control dynamic website content.

Students in this course will get a hands-on introduction to JavaScript through group problem-solving projects and daily individual coding practice. They will learn JavaScript syntax and use the developer tools of Mozilla Firefox to explore basic coding concepts such as variables, user input, loops and functions. The class is suitable for students with little or no coding experience. They will gain a base of knowledge to build on as they move ahead in their programming studies.

What You Will Learn

  • Discover how to navigate to and use Mozilla Firefox development tools
  • Learn basics and syntax of JavaScript
  • Learn about initialization, case-sensitivity and reserved words
  • Gain familiarity with basic programming concepts such as variables, user input, loops, functions and exit conditions
  • Complete a daily programming assignment
  • Get an introduction to arrays
  • Take part in a group problem-solving project

Return to the Sally Ride Science Junior Academy website here.

Course Number: CSE-90030
Credit: 0.00 unit(s)