Our summer App Authors project was a great success at Douglass Branch Library in Champaign! During the six week, free summer program, the kids were guided through a six step process: identifying a problem, brainstorming a solution, designing an app, testing and evaluating the app, and heading back to the drawing board to make any tweaks or redesigns.
The kids were engaged and active throughout the program, brainstorming with friends and family and exploring current apps on iPads. The design process took them all the way from developing a pen and paper prototype, to learning coding and debugging, to creating and sharing their apps with each other.
Big thanks to Illinois doctoral student DeAnza Williams, who led the program, Lauren Gray, research assistant, and all our volunteers!