Second Annual Build Your Own App Contest is Live!

Second Annual Build Your Own App Contest is Live!

MOBILEMAKERSEDU 2017 HIGH SCHOOL BUILD YOUR OWN APP CONTEST

 

RULES

  • Students currently enrolled in a Mobile Makers High School course are eligible to participate.

  • App and video submissions are due by June 11, 2017 at 11:59 PM CSTto the following form: https://goo.gl/forms/ihqySIj1aa38XlhC3  

  • All students are required to submit a zipped version of their app project folder, as well as a link to a three minute or less video which covers the following information:

    • Introduces all of the members of the team and provides descriptions of what they did

    • States the name of the school and students’ teacher

    • Defines the problem the app solves

    • Explains how the app solves the problem

    • Demos the app

    • Explains why this app should win the contest

 

CONTEST HIGHLIGHTS

WHAT

An out of the classroom contest that encourages students to develop their own app which makes us of a new framework or Swift concept not already covered in the Mobile Makers course.

WHY

To help students push themselves to be resourceful and have grit in order to learn something new in Swift without the direct support of a teacher. Plus, students will get the opportunity to receive feedback from Mobile Makers alumni, instructors, and developers, in addition to other great prizes.

WHEN

Now! Apps and videos must be submitted to the Contest Submission Form by 11:59PM CST on June 11, 2017.

HOW

Students can work independently or with up to two partners, who are also Mobile Makers High School students, to develop an app which requires learning something new in the Swift programming language.

 

PRIZES

3rd Place Team

  • MobileMakersEdu t-shirt for each team member

2nd Place Team

  • $10 iTunes Gift Card for each team member

  • MobileMakersEdu t-shirt for each team member

1st Place Team

  • One hour of mentoring and consulting with a professional software developer

  • $25 Apple Gift Card for each team member

  • MobileMakersEdu t-shirt for each team member

Teacher of the 1st Place Team

  • Featured blog post

  • Certificate of recognition

  • Special shout out to your administration

 

ABOUT THE CONTEST

We’re on a mission to help students build the confidence and skills they need to work in a STEM industry, be a software developer, and grow as independent problem solvers. Mobile Makers’ 2017 Build Your Own App Contest deepens this kind of learning by encouraging students to go outside of their comfort zone and learn something new in Swift. This initiative also encourages students to explore resources available to professional software developers, a skill which will support them no matter their post high school interests.

 

2016-2017 Winter App Contest Winners Announced

2016-2017 Winter App Contest Winners Announced

2ND ANNUAL HIGH SCHOOL WINTER APP CONTEST WINNERS ANNOUNCED!!!

After weeks of deliberation, the Mobile Makers instructor judges are ready to announce the winners of the 2016 - 17 Mobile Makers High School Winter App Contest. Across the country, Mobile Makers high school students spent their winters building apps and stretching their skills with Swift and iOS development. We asked them to submit those apps and show us what they can build.

The judges took the time to review video submissions AND the code shared by those who submitted to the contest and they were impressed. You can review the prizes and contest rules here. Congratulations to all of the winners and participants!

 

AND THE WINNERS ARE....

FIRST PLACE - Click! by Gabrielle Ecanow and Diva Harsoor at Rochelle Zell Jewish High School (IL).

 

SECOND PLACE - Puppy Chow by Rudhra Kalvani at Barrington High School (IL)

 

THIRD PLACE - Makin’ Bacon! By Zach Stryczek and Ryan Yala at Barrington High School (IL).

HONORABLE MENTIONS - Click on the links to see the videos in YouTube

 

 

 

Student and Teacher Winter 2016-2017 Contests Launched!

Student and Teacher Winter 2016-2017 Contests Launched!

We are excited to announce that this winter we are hosting contests for Mobile Makers high school students AND teachers! All of the details for both contests are below.

If you have any questions about bringing the Mobile Makers high school program to your school so that your students can learn iOS development with Swift and benefit from opportunities like this, let us know how we can get in touch with you by visiting this page

 

MobileMakersEdu Second Annual High School Winter App Contest for Students

RULES

Students currently enrolled in a Mobile Makers High School course and students who have taken a Mobile Makers High School course and who are still in high school are eligible to participate.

App and video submissions are due by January 22, 2017 at 11:59PM CST to this form.

All students are required to submit a zipped version of their app project folder, as well as a link to a three minute or less video which covers the following information:

  • Introduces self and partner and provides descriptions of who did what
  • States the name of the school and the students' teacher
  • Defines the problem the app solves
  • Explains how the app solves the problem
  • Demos the app
  • Explains why the app should win the contest

CONTEST HIGHLIGHTS

WHAT

An out of the classroom contest that encourages students to research and develop Swift features not covered in the course to build a brand new app, or an already developed app for the course.

WHY

  1. To help student push themselves to be resourceful and have grit to learn something new in Swift without the direct support of a teacher.
  2. To support students to take safe risks and share their knowledge with others.
  3. To provide winning students the opportunity to receive feedback from Mobile Makers alumni and professional iOS developers working in the field.

WHEN

Begins December 21, 2016 aka NOW! Apps and videos must be submitted to the Contest Submission Form by 11:59PM CST on January 22, 2017.

HOW

Students can work with up to one partner, who is also qualifies to participate, to develop an app not taught in the Mobile Makers course or with features not directly taught. Students must develop in the Swift programming language.

PRIZES

3rd Place Team

  • Apple Swag!

2nd Place Team

  • $15 Apple Gift Card for each team member

1st Place Team

  • One hour of mentoring and consulting with a professional iOS developer for up to two winners
  • $25 Apple Gift Card for each team member

Teacher of the 1st Place Team

  • Featured blog post
  • Certificate of Recognition
  • Special shout out to administration

ABOUT THE CONTEST

We're on a mission to help students build the confidence and skills they need to work in a STEM industry, be a software developer, and grow as independent problem solvers. MobileMakersEdu Winter App Contest deepens this kind of learning by encouraging students to go outside of their comfort zone and share what they have learned and build with the greater iOS developer community. Because students have to build their own app from concept to reality, they must expand upon the Swift they learned with their teacher by exploring resources available to professional software developers, a skill which will support them no matter their post high school interests.

***By submitting the public link to your video to the contest, you agree to allow Mobile Makers to share it with the world for education and marketing purposes.***



MobileMakersEdu First Annual Teacher Video Contest

RULES

Teachers teaching a Mobile Makers High School course in the 2016-2017 school year are eligible to participate on their own or with another teacher in their building. App and video submissions are due by January 22, 2017 at 11:59 PM CST to study@mobilemakers.co . All teachers are required to a link to a two minute per person video which covers the following information:

  • Name
  • The name of the school
  • The general makeup of students based on grade level and coding experience
  • A response to one of the following prompts:
    • Describe your experience with Computer Science or Coding before Mobile Makers, and then describe how your experience with Computer Science or Coding has changed since working with Mobile Makers
    • Give a tour of your classroom or the learning spaces where your students work
    • Showcase your students or their work and how they are great iOS developers
    • Something else creative that describes your love for Mobile Makers!

CONTEST HIGHLIGHTS

WHAT

An out of the building contest that encourages teachers to share their perspective and reflect on their practice.

WHY

  1. To help teachers reflect while also developing materials to help recruit new students

  2. To be a resource for other teachers thinking about implementing a full year coding program, like Mobile Makers.

  3. To model for students how to take safe risks and share their knowledge with others.

WHEN

Begins December 21, 2016 aka NOW! Apps and videos must be submitted to study@mobilemakers.co by 11:59PM CST on January 22, 2017.

HOW

Teachers should record a video and email the link to watch or download the video to study@mobilemakers.co .Teachers are allowed to receive help from their students or other members of their staff. Teachers who work at the same school are allowed to submit one video.

PRIZES

1st Place

  • $25 Apple Gift Card
  • Mobile Makers swag for the winning teacher’s students or classroom
  • Apple swag!
  • Winning video featured in materials for prospective Mobile Makers schools
  • Support to collaborate with local media to share the story with the greater school community
  • Featured blog post
  • Certificate of recognition
  • Special shout out to administration

2nd Place

  • Mobile Makers swag for the winning teacher’s students or classroom
  • Apple swag!
  • Winning video featured in materials for prospective Mobile Makers schools
  • Support to collaborate with local media to share the story with the greater school community
  • Featured blog post
  • Certificate of recognition
  • Special shout out to administration

3rd Place

  • Apple swag!
  • Winning video featured in materials for prospective Mobile Makers schools
  • Support to collaborate with local media to share the story with the greater school community
  • Featured blog post
  • Certificate of recognition
  • Special shout out to administration

ABOUT THE CONTEST

We’re on a mission to help students build the confidence and skills they need to work in a STEM industry, be a software developer, and grow as independent problem solvers. MobileMakersEdu Teacher Video Contest supports this kind of learning by developing teachers into role models who know how to go outside of their comfort zone and share what they have learned and built with the greater educator and iOS developer communities. We also believe that teachers are professionals who deserve respect for both of their crafts - teaching and coding. We are asking educators to include their voice in the story about coding in schools in order to inspire other educators and their own students.

***By submitting the public link to your video to the contest, you agree to allow Mobile Makers to share it with the world for education and marketing purposes.***

Hour of Code: Why the Hubbub?

Hour of Code: Why the Hubbub?

The Hour of Code offers parents, teachers, and students an opportunity to learn a bit of coding. But what is this week such a phenomenon? It’s not just about coding, ya know. It’s about problem solving, and coding a great method to learn problem solving skills.

The process of coding naturally applies the basic cognitive problem solving process and tests it immediately for viability. When a person codes, they have to:  identify what they want the computer to do, evaluate the possible computational processes necessary to get to that goal, and implement the one best suited for the task at hand and the program as a whole. Programmers must do this multiple times, on both a micro and macro level, as they code. If the computation solution they pick is inaccurate, the program won’t run.

Yingxu Wang and Vincent Chiew (2010) define problem solving as, “a cognitive process of the brain that searches a solution for a given problem or finds a path to reach a given goal. When a problem object is identified, problem solving can be perceived as a search process in the memory space for finding a relationship between a set of solution goals and a set of alternative paths.” The process of coding mirrors this process.

What makes coding unique in being a being a good medium to see a problem solving process? Unlike some forms of problem solving that take place in complex situations, coding provides two things:

  • A learner gains direct feedback on the implementation of their solution: If the program doesn’t work, the implementation or solution set was wrong.
  • A human to computer interaction allows for fewer variables to consider if the implementation did not provide the results expected.

Direct Feedback

We all know the value in having clear, direct feedback in being able to self-assess and reflect. By having quick results on whether the solution chosen is accurate, learners can better analyze their choice: what was chosen? Why didn’t it work? Why did I choose it? What is a better choice and why?

Fewer Variables

When the program doesn’t work, it’s not the fault of the computer. There is something wrong in the program, which means there is a syntactic error (something was typed wrong) or a programming error (the solution chosen was inaccurate). There are a finite set of reasons it might not work, which means it’s easier to see where things worked and where they didn’t. Again, this provides a clear line of sight for a learner to assess their choices.

Of course, coding alone is not the answer, nor is it the only answer. However, coding has a natural need for self-assessment, self-adjustment, and learning that can provide a pathway toward self-awareness in problem solving.  

Problem-solving is an important skill for the 21st century student, and coding is one of the best ways to teach the problem-solving method to students. Join your local schools and organizations to participate. Or reach out to us to learn more about how to bring coding to your school.

 

Mobile Makers High School Teacher Profile: Derrick Tiveron

Mobile Makers High School Teacher Profile: Derrick Tiveron

What do you teach, who do you teach, how long have you been teaching?

I currently teach at Deerfield High School and have been here my entire career since 2004. This year I am teaching Pre-Calculus, AP Computer Science, and iOS App Development.

Outside of the classroom, what are a few things that you do which make you unique or motivate you?

Last year, when my students heard that I was going to be teaching iOS app development they asked me to create a mobile version of a game we play in class called NearMiss. After completing the summer bootcamp course I worked to create the game and in the Fall submitted it to the App Store. It was a unique experience taking an app from the first line of code through Apple’s submission process. I learned a lot of valuable lessons that I am now able to bring into my classroom. After that I worked with several Deerfield Students and we created a Deerfield High School Schedule app that is also on the app store. It allows for students to enter in their personal schedule and the app displays our daily bell schedule. In December our school has its annual charity drive, School Chest. We decided to sell the app for $0.99 on the app store and donate the proceeds to School Chest.

This course has definitely motivated me to become a student again and continue to learn about computer programming and software development. I can’t wait to get started on my next project and see what else I can learn and create.

What's your connection to Mobile Makers? Why do you love teaching students how to develop apps?

During the summer I was fortunate enough to attend the Mobile Makers boot camp for teachers. It was an intense two weeks but I learned so much about creating apps and I truly enjoy working in Swift. The boot camp also gave me the opportunity to meet many amazing teachers from other schools who taught me a lot about different teaching styles and ways to connect with my students.

This year I have loved teaching students to develop apps because the they can create tangible apps without a lot of complex code. The combination of the storyboard and writing code allows for a lot of entry points for my students. The brand new computer science students are able to create apps right from the beginning of the school year, while experienced students can jump in creating very advanced apps.

Star Wars, Star Trek, or both?

Definitely both. The Star Wars movies are timeless and I can’t wait for Rogue One. However, I also spent a lot of time watching Star Trek the Next Generation.

What inspired you to teach the Mobile Makers high school course?

I learned about Mobile Makers from Tom Bredemeier at an AP Computer Science conference and his enthusiasm was contagious. When my school started discussing offering this course I couldn’t wait to bring it to my students. The swift language is easy to learn and XCode allows you to create very advanced programs by allowing for a combination of drag and drop design and programmatic design. I had been teaching Computer Science at Deerfield for a number of years and I knew this was something the students would love to learn about. I am so fortunate to be at a school that was willing to invest in having its students take another computer science course.

What do you say to aspiring developers?

Don’t be intimidated by learning how to write computer programs. Everyone can learn how to create programs and apps. As long as you are willing to learn, experiment, struggle, and be persistent you can become a successful developer. The effort is worth it because writing computer programs is a rewarding experience. It is an amazing combination of creativity and problem solving.

What words of wisdom do you have for future Mobile Makers high school teachers?

Your students will love learning how to develop apps using XCode and Swift. Don’t be afraid to let them explore the material on their own and go their own way. Teach them how to answer their own questions and collaborate with their peers. This class will be different than anything you have taught before. Have fun with it and learn right along with the students. They will teach you as much as you teach them.

Share a final nugget of knowledge about anything you want.

“What did the boolean say to the Integer?”

“You can’t handle the truth!”

 

Mobile Makers & INCubatoredu

Mobile Makers & INCubatoredu

Over the past few years, our high school program has gained national recognition, growing in ways that we never imagined. Under the tutelage of the teachers we’ve trained, the students have won national awards. Our hard work with Career Technical Education (CTE) has been honored at local and national levels. And we have great plans for the future.

We are thrilled to announce that we’ve joined forces with INCubatoredu, a company focused on bringing authentic learning and career skills to high school students. We look forward to leveraging the prowess and power of this new team to grow and expand nationally and internationally.

Check out what people are saying. 

Will this School Year Be When You Learn to Code?

Will this School Year Be When You Learn to Code?

At Mobile Makers, we have a strong belief, aligned with President Obama, Apple, Chicago Public Schools, and hundreds of thousands of others who have signed petitions for Congress to require computer science in our schools, so that everyone can learn to code. One specific value we hold is that of all people, the first and most ready to learn computer science are educators.

As expert learners who persevere through numerous challenges, teachers already possess many of the required traits to develop software. Resourcefulness, grit and perseverance, the ability to project manage and iterate in order to improve effectiveness - these are qualities shared by iOS developers and educators.

While you prepare to return to your classroom this fall, think about how you can model being a 21st century creator, not consumer, for your students. If you are already personally coding and do not have stand alone time for computer science in your school, how will can you incorporate the concepts of algorithmic thinking and problem-solving, required for coding, into your already packed curriculum? If you are not coding, how will you stay current for your students?

When I taught high school Geometry and French, I used my mathematical mind to break down difficult concepts. Without fully understanding what I was doing, I incorporated the skills required to program an app in my classes because programmatic thinking served as a tool for students to digest complex information.

In my geometry class, students dove deep into conditionals and logic. We unpacked elaborate conjectures and then dissected sentences for their truth values to determine when conditionals were true in both directions. More than once, my French students and I used tree diagrams to understand verb conjugations.

Now, as the Director of Curriculum and Instruction at Mobile Makers,  I work with teachers to intentionally identify areas where coding concepts and skills naturally bridge with their content. From sorting types of brush strokes to sorting animals based on how they regulate their body temperature, programmatic thinking is part of being human. Mobile Makers is committed to supporting districts and teachers to incorporate coding concepts into their content so that all students, regardless of whether they have a computer science class or not, are exposed to algorithmic thinking in an intentional manner. We are eager to learn and share with you!


If this sounds exciting to you, please support us to share our learning and progress with the rest of the education world by voting for us in the SXSWEdu PanelPicker!

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Announcing the Winners of the 2016 Build Your Own App Contest!

Announcing the Winners of the 2016 Build Your Own App Contest!

 

2016 HIGH SCHOOL BUILD YOUR OWN APP CONTEST WINNERS ANNOUNCED!

After weeks of deliberation, the Mobile Makers instructor judges are ready to announce the winners of the 2016 Mobile Makers High School Build Your Own App Contest. Across the country, Mobile Makers high school students ended their school year by building their own apps. We asked them to submit those apps and show us what they can build.

While there were many entries, only a few can win. Whether it was their first coding class or their fourth, these high school students impressed us with their Swift apps. You can review the prizes and contest rules here. Congratulations to all of the winners and participants!

AND THE WINNERS ARE....

 

FIRST PLACE

Merciless Mercenary by Ryan Ziolkowski and Garrett Haufschild at Barrington High School (IL).

 

SECOND PLACE

Ditto by Vinny Massarelli and Max Kiley at Barrington High School (IL)

THIRD PLACE

Cat’s Coffee  by Drew Snarski, Kenny Martinez and Emily Lucas at Wheeling High School (IL)

TOP HONORS

Hard Game by Logan Shuck, Lukas Wilke and Timmy Somary at John Hersey High School (IL)

 

Thrown Under The Bus by Rudhra Kalvani, Morgan E Kelly and Madeline K Sutton at Barrington High School (IL)

HONORABLE MENTIONS

Click on the links to see the videos in YouTube