For Kids aged 11-14
Apps are everywhere! But have you ever wondered what goes into the making of an app? In this course, students will learn how to use human-centered design to build a game/animation (mobile) app using App Inventor 2 platform, an intuitive, visual programming environment that allows everyone – even children – to build fully functional apps for smartphones and tablets. Deploy the app on their own phones & empower them with the potential to impact the world!
Keepin’ it Short & Snappy
- Design, Code & Deploy your very own app
- No pre-requisites, but we recommend completing Start with Scratch
- Open Source Tools: Continue the learning at home
All you need to know
“There’s an app for that!”
The world 10 years ago was real different. There were phones… but no smartphones just yet (real popular ones I mean).
Would we have imagined that now entire businesses are built on apps? It’s become an essential part of our lives, impacting us in so many ways. Spotify, Uber, Pokemon Go! (ok, maybe not the last one for me)
Now imagine if anyone, even kids, could go from playing with your phones, to creating their own apps & making that same lasting impact on your lives.
Wouldn’t that be awesome?
The good news is… it’s easy to get started & you’d be amazed at what kids can build.
This is the App Inventor 2 coding editor.
App Inventor 2 is like Scratch – a visual programming language that allows kids to drag, drop and connect code blocks together to build their own games & animations. Instructors walk students through the fundamental programming concepts of developing the mobile app such as datatype, loops, conditionals, logical sequencing.
In addition, instructors also go through popular apps like Google Map and Flappy Bird to help students understand what makes a great mobile app. In this Mobile App Development course, kids combine User Centered Design theory and techniques with more advanced programming concepts to build mobile apps that are fun, engaging and intuitive.
See how easy that was?
It’s almost… magical.
We can’t wait to see the apps that your kids can come up with.
Oh! The stuff you'll learn
Broken down into concepts for MAXIMUM learnin'
- Introduction & History of the mobile app
- Getting started on App Inventor
- Design & Wireframing the User Interface
- Using cameras, sensors of the phone
- Working with databases
- Presentation time: On your last day, share with your parents what you’ve learnt!
Life skills you'll learn
Skills that last a lifetime
Saturday Kids don't learn to code. They code to learn.
No lectures. No memorisation. No ONE right answer. Like real life, we're all about trying things out yourself, failing, figuring what went wrong & trying again. These are the skills & mindset that will last a lifetime and how we learn in real life. Let's get kids to learn how to learn. Because the kids who learn to learn become curious, inventive, resourceful human beings who solve real world problems to make a meaningful impact.
Parents love us
Children from our camp enjoyed themselves exploring and learning what the different animation tools could do for them. They were particularly excited to see their own creations come alive.
I've been meaning to write to you to let you know that my son loved his workshop with Saturday Kids in June and I will be enrolling my daughter too for the beginners course that you are doing in October
It is wonderful to hear their enthusiasm and excitement when they talk about their Scratch classes, the words epic and awesome are frequently used!
Your kid will love it.
If your kid doesn't think it's the best thing ever after attending the first 2 days of holiday camps (or first 3 weeks of term classes), and would like to withdraw, we'll issue you a 50% credit note of the amount paid.
- 1:6 Maximum Instructor-Student Ratio
- All equipment & materials provided
- Open source tools: Continue the learning at home!
Frequently Asked Questions
1. My child is new to computers & programming. Will he/she be able to follow?
Although there are no pre-requisites for the Mobile App course, we recommend kids complete our Start with Scratch: Adventures in Time course before this.
2. My child is younger than 10. Can he/she join?
The Mobile Madness! Make your Magical App course is recommended for 10-16 year olds. Get in touch with us if you’d like a recommendation for your child.
3. I’ve enrolled my child, what will he/she need to bring?
We’ll provide all equipment and materials, but you may want to bring a jacket and light snacks in case he/she gets hungry.