Program Highlights

  • Build a fully functioning mobile app for Android or iOS
  • Introduction to Python and Raspberry Pi hardware to create a machine integrated mini project
  • Experience the full cycle of product development: from architecture to APIs
  • Meet programmers and entrepreneurs who are creating the futureStart thinking like a professional programmer and meet programmers and entrepreneurs who are creating the future

Program Highlights

  • Build a fully functioning mobile app for Android or iOS
  • Introduction to Python and Raspberry Pi hardware to create a machine integrated mini project
  • Experience the full cycle of product development: from architecture to APIs
  • Meet programmers and entrepreneurs who are creating the futureStart thinking like a professional programmer and meet programmers and entrepreneurs who are creating the future
  • W H E N
    • Late June: June 23 - July 5, 2019
    • Early July: July 7 - July 19, 2019
    • Late July: July 21 - August 2, 2019

Overview

Do you wonder what it’s like to develop software for a living? Do you possess a natural curiosity towards computer technology and platform development? This program challenges students to think critically and creatively about today’s most pressing technology-related questions. Students will be exposed to the whole cycle of product development from database architecture and APIs to debugging.

Hands-On Learning

Spend most of the first week learning block-based Java programming for Android and iOS operating systems. The exercises and tutorials quickly help students build capacity with coding, abstraction, algorithms and data management within a program.

The second week involves active coding in small groups with intense research and collaboration. This approach involves an introduction to Python and Raspberry Pi hardware which will allow students to create a mini-project by using the sensors and LED matrix on the Sense HAT technology.

This collection of experiential tasks provides a comprehensive experience through a rewarding engineering process resulting in a functioning computational artifact.

Real World Insights

This module will dive deeper into newsworthy advances in technology and give high school students a first-hand look at related questions and issues.

Last year, students got the opportunity to visit technology companies such as Thunkable and Google Geo Education. Thunkable staff members described their scholastic and career journeys and the different responsibilities that they have with the team. Nearly all of the employees are graduate and undergraduate students at MIT and worked on the original MIT App Inventor project. Students also got a behind the scenes tour of Google, where they heard an insightful talk from the Google Earth Education Team.

Career Exploration

We will discuss the wide variety of professions within the field of technology such as UX / UI design, programming, project management, and quality assurance. You'll get a deeper sense of your unique motivations and aptitudes and how that aligns with potential academic and career choices. This helps students make better informed decisions about some of life’s most important choices.

Faculty

Instructor - Courses are taught by accomplished and passionate faculty recruited from many area colleges, universities and professional forums. Each faculty member is selected for their subject area expertise and proven ability to both challenge and captivate students.

Curriculum Advisor - While instructors vary each year, the Curriculum Advisors ensure continuity in our curriculum. This course was designed by Leon Tynes. Leon has flipped his classroom to maximize learning in his 3D Modeling, Digital Media, Mobile App Development, and Advanced Placement Computer Science Principles courses. He has also won many teaching accolades including the ISTE 2018 Outstanding Teacher award & 2016 PBS Digital Innovator award, and is an Apple Teacher and a Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert.