Kids become tech inventors at App Camp
KENNESAW, Ga -- Imagine life without apps. Those little thumbnails for applications on your phone,…
Georgia (Jun 19, 2014) — KENNESAW, Ga -- Imagine life without apps. Those little thumbnails for applications on your phone, on your tablet, on your computer.
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"The reason I think apps really work, is everyone's into cell phones," said Dr. Humayun Zafar, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Information Security and Assurance in Coles College of Business at Kennesaw State University.
They're such a major part of our lives now, today's kids have grown up with them.
"My favorite sport is soccer and I have this soccer app," said Ethan Hines, 12, who attends Atlanta Neighborhood Charter School. "I have Spotify, and a few games like Temple Run.
He's one of about a dozen kids to become tech inventors at App Camp.
"The idea behind this camp is to encourage kids to go into STEM careers (science, technology, engineering and math).
But, even if students go into STEM, they benefit from the camp.
"Logic can sustain them across accounting, psychology or philosophy," said Dr. Zafar. The camp is a lot of moving pieces, too. Logic is the big one.
While at the camp, they're creating a math app called App-Buster Two, using MIT App Inventor software.
Ethan sees the value in creating a popular app.
"You can make a lot of money for it. If you just had it for one dollar and a million people bought it, you could make a million dollars or something," said Ethan.
A leader in innovative teaching and learning, Kennesaw State University offers undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees to its more than 41,000 students. With 11 colleges on two metro Atlanta campuses, Kennesaw State is a member of the University System of Georgia and the second-largest university in the state. The university’s vibrant campus culture, diverse population, strong global ties and entrepreneurial spirit draw students from throughout the region and from 126 countries across the globe. Kennesaw State is a Carnegie-designated doctoral research institution (R2), placing it among an elite group of only 6 percent of U.S. colleges and universities with an R1 or R2 status. For more information, visit kennesaw.edu.