In line with citywide efforts to get students from underrepresented backgrounds into STEM, for a few weeks this summer, Philly middle schoolers learned algebra readiness and coding skills via Community College of Philadelphia’s summer STEM Academy. Rising seventh and eighth graders participated in two sessions of a virtual learning academy that combined live instruction with prerecorded sessions. From July 20 through 30, students participated in “Minecraft World.” The session centered around popular video game Minecraft which was used as a way to introduce concepts related to math and coding. The second session from Aug. 10 through 20 was called “#AwesomeApps” and saw students coding ideas into mobile apps via MIT App Inventor. After creating the apps, students pitched them in a showcase on Thursday. Here’s a look at what a handful came up with:
Malika S.’s mobile app is a Magic Eight-Ball simulator. Malika coded her app so that by shaking your phone in the way you would a traditional Magic Eight-Ball, one of several questions will appear in a random order.