This year’s course at Howard University Middle School has been great thus far. In conjunction with NFTE and Verizon, students have the opportunity to explore entrepreneurship while concentrating on mobile development. There are 2 classes, one in the eighth grade and the other in the seventh grade. Each of these classes will be using MIT AppInventor which is a tool used for android development.
Currently the students are working on mobile application concepts to solve issues in education, sustainability and healthcare. These concepts are being developed for the Verizon app challenge. Students have been placed in groups of 5-7 students and are collaborating to have 3 deliverables ready for entry into the challenge. Using the concepts from NFTE’s entrepreneurship curriculum, students are using their entrepreneurship mindsets and skills to solve an issue as a group using mobile technology.
The Verizon App challenge is open to middle and high school students in the United States and the District of Columbia. Just last year the Best in State Award for DC was won by an eighth grade group from HUMS. Their app idea was Build Central, which allows architects to sketch, save and send their sketches to a printer. This year I am hoping to have the same success with one of the six groups from the seventh and eight grade classes.
Stay tuned for a blog series featuring tools used in the classroom.