Indy students learn to develop their own apps

(WISH Photo/Dustin Grove)
(WISH Photo/Dustin Grove)

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – From gaming to grocery shopping, an iPhone hand warmer and even tips on how to survive the Apocalypse, there’s an app for just about anything these days.

Inside Arsenal Tech High School on Saturday, 12-year old Serenity Duke-Thompson was working on what she hoped would be the next big hit.

“I’m about to create an app,” she said. “The kids rule the world.”

She and other IPS students, ages 7 to 17 who attend STEM-oriented schools, were learning the fundamentals of how to develop a mobile app from the national STEMNASIUM Learning Academy; a traveling educational program aimed at inspiring the next generation of tech leaders. STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.

“Early exposure will increase your chances exponentially at being successful,” said CEO Tariq Al-Nasir.

He said students should learn computer coding – not just to be able to develop a mobile app – but to increase their critical thinking skills, computational and deductive reasoning skills and open their eyes to an increasingly digital world.

“Learning coding empowers you to do many things you might not do otherwise, including hand-crafting your own website, becoming a career coder or even starting a technology business,” he said.

Bob Logan founded K-12 Mobility, an Indianapolis-based tech venture, and partnered with the program to bring the event to Indianapolis.

“If they (students) learn technology early on and the safe use, it encourages them to go from an ‘I don’t really want to go to college or do those things’ to maybe ‘I’m going to college and I want to do something special with my life,’” he said.

Serenity said she’s ready.

“I created it (her own app),” she said. “It’s going to be cool that people are playing something I created.”

Click here for more information on the STEMNASIUM Learning Academy.

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