Software Development

   Data and Artificial Intelligence

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Software Development: Speaking the Language of Computers

Do you ever wonder why ads “just so happen” to pop up for you? Data doesn’t lie, and it is being used to make decisions and guide next steps daily. Uncover the mystery behind the data. Students will use the Python programming language to learn the basics of Data Analytics as well as give them hands-on experience working with database tools available. This course, designed with our advanced learners in mind, will continue their understanding and implementation of programming fundamentals and concepts acquired through previous programming courses. We will explore python libraries specific to the field of data manipulation. By the end of the semester, students will understand how Machine Learning fits into Artificial Intelligence and use different methods of Machine Learning including Neural Networks.

This is a semester-long offering to be paired with another course from the Computer Science Pathway. Please be mindful of prerequisites.


  • Software Development - Python or PLTW Computer Science Principles
  • Grade: 11 or 12
  • Proficient in Keyboarding, min. 30 wpm
  • Reading/Writing at 10th grade level or higher
  • Algebra II with a B- or better OR  previous programming knowledge
  • 2.5 GPA (Unweighted)
  • 90% Attendance
  • Outside class Internet access is required.

PLTW Member School Prerequisites:

  • PLTW Computer Science Principles

High School Credits: 3 units (2 semesters)

LSR7 Weighted Credit:  .666 

NON Lee's Summit Schools Weighted Credit: Varies by School

MIC Accelerated Early Bachelor Degree Program:

Students who take Software Development at Summit Technology Academy their junior year AND have a 3.0 unweighted GPA/95% attendance may also choose to participate in a university partnership program called Missouri Innovation Campus (MIC), in which students begin to earn a bachelor's degree while still in high school.   The bachelor's degree is offered through the University of Central Missouri- Lee's Summit.  This program helps to significantly reduce the overall cost of a bachelor's degree.  Students will participate in extensive internship opportunities with companies such as Cerner, VML, NIC, and many more.  Students who qualify and have interest, must mark that they are interested on their STA Online Application.

Cerner Scholars Internship Option:

After at least one semester of the Software Development course, students can apply for Intern in STEM and intern at Cerner during the fall and/or spring semester.  Click here to learn more about Cerner Scholars

"You have to think of every single thing that could possibly go wrong. That’s how you have to think like a programmer."

-Bradley Covington, Lee’s Summit North High School

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