about 11 months ago
Educators from the District School Board of Niagara were re-introduced to the Technovation Challenge, after a successful board wide adoption of this worldwide initiative at DSBN spearheaded by ihub last year. For anyone that isn’t already familiar, Technovation invites teams of girls ages 10-18 from all over the world to learn and apply the skills needed to solve real-world problems through technology. By identifying a problem in their community, the teams create a mobile app solution to address that problem, and then learn how to communicate these ideas and translate them into a fully launched business. For the second time ihub is bringing this Challenge to DSBN educators, encouraging them to sign up as mentors for the Challenge, to access to the Technovation curriculum and to lead a team of DSBN students through the Challenge with our support.
Our team including Technovation Challenge leads from the DSBN Phillip Ihewuokwu and Jill Russell hosted two introduction sessions followed up a hands on workshop. The workshop allowed educators/mentors became familiar with with MIT App Inventor, the platform they will be using with their teams when they are ready to create their own App. Participating educators were walked through the process of creating them own apps during the workshop using this platform. Their first app was built using Text to Speech and with the MIT app companion on their Android devices, they were able to scan their QR code to test out their apps. The second activity required participants to utilize their math skills by determining the length and width of a table in their next app. After setting the properties for the table, they were able to they created their own avatar (i.e. http://superherotar.framiq.com/) and added their image and details to MIT. Following this participants had to add code to determine what would occur in their app when specific buttons were clicked. Finally, educators tested out their app as the final step.
Educators that are ready to take the next step in the Challenge will officially kick-off the 2017/2018 Technovation Challenge with their students at ihub during Hour of Code week.