- Contact Information
|Project Sponsor Name||Brent Sebold, Ed.D.||Sponsor Email and phone.||Brent.Sebold@asu.edu
Project (technical) Contact Information (if different from Proposer). If there are multiple people who will be interacting with the student team then we ask you identify a lead point of contact.
|Name||Email and Phone|
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- Project Description
- Project title: #WeAllCode
- Project description: Our team aims to create an educational application for mobile phones and devices that provides an interactive and approachable platform for learning computer science. The application will feature a walkthrough lesson plan that focuses on ‘learning-through-doing’, paired with engaging educational mini-games that improve the user’s fundamental math and computer science skills. Another key feature we wish to implemental is a friendly social network branch of our mobile application. Many minority students report feeling ‘isolated’ or suffer from ‘imposter-syndrome’ as reasons for leaving the STEM fields in college. By keeping students connected with their peers we feel it will alleviate this problem and give them motivation to stay with the program.
- Deliverables: At the end of the two semester period, we expect to have a functioning product distributed among different platforms such as Android, iOS, and PC, which will allow us to capture as many audiences as possible. Our team will also provide data that demonstrates the difference in interest among younger students in software related fields before and after use of our product. We will achieve this by visiting middle schools and elementary schools and demoing the product, with the goal of creating more of an interest in programming.
- Motivation: Major tech companies such as Microsoft, Google, Apple, and EBay report a distinct need for qualified American workers in the science and engineering fields. Many big companies in the tech fields are petitioning the government for H-1B visas for foreign workers. It would much cheaper and beneficial to have American citizens working these jobs. Intel, a global leader in computer technology, announced the Diversity in Technology initiative, which is the active support in hiring and retaining more women and minorities within the technology industry and to explicitly fund programs that support these groups.
- Student learning experience: Since this is an entrepreneur and coding project, we as students have a lot to learn from this project. We will learn what it’s like to manage a budget and a small company, divide tasks to ’employees’, and work with the legal system to ensure our company is a success. From a coding standpoint, we get to learn what it’s like to actually distribute a multi-platform application, which is in huge demand from companies at the moment. Also, we will have to manage a website at some point to promote and inform users who wish to know more about our application. Since none of us have much web hosting experience, it will be another challenge and learning experience for all of us on the team. Our eSeed start-up initiative team is a multidisciplinary team composed of smart men and women from a diverse set of backgrounds. This is an important student learning experience because in the real world work place, smart computer scientists and tech-related employees come from a variety of cultures and backgrounds.
- Anticipated Expenses: While it is still too early to give all of our expenses, what we anticipate as of now are the purchase of an iOS and Android system for the testing of our software on physical devices. Also, we will incur some minor travel expenses for visit different schools for the demoing and data recording for our application.