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Arizona State University ASU

App Maker Pro: Motivating STEM Study through App Development

NSF Awards: 1509105

2018 (see original presentation & discussion)

Grades 9-12, Adult learners

In Project AMP, grades 9, 10 and 11 students and high school teachers collaborate in Design Villages to analyze existing apps in a domain and create new apps in that field for use with smart phones and tablets. Specific goals for participants are to: 1) increase understanding of software development processes and STEM content, 2) increase awareness of STEM and Computer Science careers and the preparation for them, and 3) co-lead software design and app development programs in after-school settings. Each Design Village is co-led by an expert in the domain field and an expert in computer science or software engineering. All leaders are from Arizona State University, other universities in the Phoenix metropolitan area, or industry. Each Village meets for 5 consecutive semesters (academic year and summer) in the tech labs at the Polytechnic campus of Arizona State University. At the end of each semester is a Showcase Open House where each villager picks up the microphone and describes some aspect of work completed, and answers questions posed by the audience of peers, faculty and friends. The fifth semester is the education outreach program, led by participants, with the goal of educating the community about the nature of app development, including design, construction and evaluation. Seven design villages have been conducted: Health Tech, Power Track, Photo Focus, Super Structures, Optical Illusions, Music Tech and Sustainable World.

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