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Game On! Coding Club

Coding vocabulary words. Coding

TermDefinition
abstraction Pulling out specific differences to make one solution work for multiple problems.
algorithm A list of steps to finish a task. A set of instructions that ca be performed with or without a computer. For example, the collection of steps to make a peanut butter and jelly sandwich is an algorithm.
binary A way of representing information using only two options.
blockly The visual programming language used in Code.org's online learning system for K-5 students.
bug An error in a program that prevents the program from running as expected.
call (a function) This is the piece of code that you add to a program to indicate that the program should run the code inside a function at a certain time.
code One or more commands or algorithm(s) designed to be carried out by a computer.
command An instruction for the computer.
computational thinking Making problems into smaller, more manageable problems, find repeating patterns and step-by-step algorithms.
computer science Using the power of computers to solve problems.
conditionals Statements that only run under certain conditions or situations.
crowdsourcing Getting help from a large group of people to finish something faster or for funding.
data Information
debugging Finding and fixing errors in programs.
decompose Break a problem down into smaller pieces.
define To add code inside a function so that the program knows what it is supposed to do when the function is called.
digital citizen Someone who acts safely, responsibly, and respectfully online.
digital footprint The information about someone on the Internet.
DNS (domain name service) The service that translates URLs to IP addresses.
DSL/cable A method of sending information using telephone or television cables.
event An action that causes something to happen.
event-handler A monitor for a specific event or action on a computer.
fiber optic cable A connection that uses light to transmit information.
for loop A loop with a predetermined beginning, end, and increment.
function A piece of code that you can easily call over and over again.
function call The piece of code that you add to a program to indicate that the program should run the code inside a function at a certain time.
function definition The code inside a function that instructs the program on what to do when the function is called.
Internet A group of computers and servers that are connected to each other.
IP address A number assigned to any item that is connected to the Internet.
iteration A repetitive action or command typically created with programming loops.
loop The action of doing something over and over again.
packets Small chunks of information that have been carefully formed from larger chunks of information.
pattern matching Finding similarities between things.
Parameter An extra piece of information that you pass to the function to customize it for a specific need.
persistence Trying again and again, even when something is very hard.
program An algorithm that has been coded into something that can be run by a machine.
programming The art of creating a program.
run program Cause the computer to execute the commands you've written in your program.
servers Computers that exist only to provide things to others.
toolbox The tall grey bar in the middle section of Code.org's online learning system that contains all of the commands you can use to write your program.
URL Easy-to-remember address (like www.code.org).
username A name you make up so that you can see or do things on a website, sometimes called a "screen name."
variable A placeholder for a piece of information that can change.
Wi-Fi A wireless method of sending information using radio waves.
workspace The white area on the right side of Code.org's online learning system where you drag and drop commands to build your program.
Created by: Mymerbee