This Combined Edition for 2015 provides programming instruction, moving from simple to complex, for kids in seventh grade and up. It provides a full year of high school credit, using a project-based evaluation system.
Computer Science Pure and Simple teaches teens how to program animations and then games, some of them complex. Programming concepts used by professionals are covered, including if-then statements, looping, and development of a programming concept using a diagram.
This book uses MicroWorlds Logo software, available from MicroWorlds.com at more than 50 percent off for purchasers of this book. The Logo computer language, developed at MIT, sparks and keeps the interest of young people in a way that workplace computer languages do not. I have found it to be perfect for teens, and the concepts transfer easily to other computer languages when they are learned.
The Pure and Simple books have a tremendous track record, with plenty of rave reviews and awards. This version, programming only, does not include the Microsoft Office-based instruction in the previous books.