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Maharishi Middle School students design phone apps

Apr 12, 2013

Maharishi Middle School students have designed android phone apps as part of their math and science project-based curriculum. The students have published 20 apps on the Google Play Store that have been downloaded and installed more than 1,550 times in more than 24 different countries.

The link is https://play.google.com/store/search?q=maharishi+middle+school.

Teachers Richard Incorvia and Barbara Hays made tutorials to introduce students in coding their own apps by working with the MIT App Inventor. The apps range from voice-to-text translators, strobe lights, paper doll dress up and a variety of games.

Students did all their own art design and coding, with each pupil ending up with an original app to publish to the Google Play Store.

“I had a lot of fun making my app, ‘Tic-Tac-Toe,’” said seventh-grader Bella Unger. “Planning about what kind of app to make, making it, and finally publishing my app on the Internet is a really fun class to be in. It was especially challenging to keep making it better.”

“Students need to learn to code computers and their phones so that tomorrow’s amazing technology works for them,” Incorvia said. “It is great to offer them the chance to learn this valuable skill while saying ‘Go ahead, make whatever excites you.’”

“Making apps is really fun,” said seventh-grader Hermela Gebremaram. “It’s the one thing in school that I can look forward to and spend extra time on discovering different ways to work with different components. It is both challenging and exciting.”


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