In August 2016, STEM to Vine began its first ‘Finding Solutions Using Mobile Apps’ Summer Camp. The purpose of this two-week camp is:
- Allow STEM to Vine students the space to create their own solutions to the challenges that are meaningful to them.
- Transition STEM to Vine students from consumers of technology to creators of technology by teaching MIT’s App Innovator.
- Begin the journey to college application process by providing STEM to Vine students with this experience.
The students were split up into four teams. In their teams, they used the Engineering Method to define the community problem they wanted to tackle by building a mobile app. They spent the first week researching, brainstorming, creating a solution, and building a prototype.
It wasn’t all work. To build community, the students participated in team building games such as building towers out of spaghetti and marshmallows, string and plastic cups, and playing tic tac toe using trivia questions.
By the end of week one, each team had their prototype for their app and presented to the rest of the class which problem they were trying to solve, their research on how they came up with a solution, and how their app would function.
Week two would entail building the app using the MIT App Innovator. Read the next blog post for a recap of week two.
Special thanks to Whole Foods Market who graciously donated snacks for the students throughout the camp.