On Thursday, December 6, the Placentia-Yorba Linda Unified School District (PYLUSD) hosted the AppJam+ Fall 2018 Showcase Finale at Yorba Linda High School. All six PYLUSD middle schools participated including Bernardo Yorba, Kraemer, Travis Ranch, Tuffree, Valadez, and Yorba Linda.
AppJam+, an initiative of Dreams for Schools, paired PYLUSD students from all six schools with college mentors from Computer Science and Engineering fields in order to expose them to mobile app development and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) career pathways.
For ten weeks leading up to the AppJam+ Showcase Finale, college mentors from California State University, Fullerton, and University of California, Irvine, worked with PYLUSD students during two-hour programming sessions twice a week. Forming teams of 3-5 students, the students utilized AppInventor to create a STEM related mobile app designated for a K-12 audience.
To begin the showcase finale, attendees browsed students’ poster boards and tested out their mobile apps on tablets. The teams had the opportunity to show more in depth details about their apps to contest judges, as well as those in attendance, before presenting.
Following an impressive evening of STEM-based mobile app presentations, the following teams won top accolades and prizes:
1st Place – Leaf Co., Yorba Linda Middle School
2nd Place – The Escape Artists, Tuffree Middle School
3rd Place – The Fuxxballzzz, Travis Ranch School
4th Place – Wiseman Builders, Yorba Linda Middle School
This program and event could not be made possible in PYLUSD without the vision of Cary Johnson, Director of K-12 Innovation and Technology, and the support of competition judges and sponsors. To learn more about AppJam+, please visit www.appjamplus.org.