On the 28th and 29th of December 2015 the Washington Student Science Association held a winter camp intended to introduce students to Android and iOS Development. Akkshay Khoslaa an Electrical Engineering and Computer Science student at UC Berkeley was one of the volunteer instructors at the camp held in Seattle, Washington.
Projected over the next ten years, there will be one million more computing jobs than students enrolled in high schools nationwide. As computer programming is rapidly becoming the world’s most lucrative job market, it is absolutely crucial that today’s youth are given the resources they need to become the leaders of this progressive field. However, there is more often than not a very limited number of computer science courses offered in high schools across the country; and often times school vacation deprives students from educational opportunities.
To target this issue, the Washington Student Science Association (WSSA) decided to hold an affordable and accessible mobile development camp this past December. The goal was to not only teach students how to create relevant mobile applications, but to also show them the importance of mobile development in our time. 17 dedicated participants received over 8 hours of instruction at the camp. Attendees learned about all aspects of mobile development: frontend, backend, engineering, and design. They not only learned how to code in Swift & Java, but also made 2 practice applications!
Several students such as Datta Dave, a sophomore from Mt. Si High School, entered our camp with little to no experience in computer programming. In her words: “The WSSA AppHack camp quickly sparked my interest in coding and helped me gain knowledge for my computer science class”. Datta left our camp with a substantial amount of knowledge surrounding mobile development, and a curiosity for future endeavors within the field.
Thanks to Rob Percival, a sponsor of the WSSA AppHack Winter Camp, students not only had a great resource to refer to during the camp, but also walked away with one of the highest rated Udemy courses on iOS and Android development to continue their education. His courses are now serving as highly valuable learning resources for these students to explore computer science and development.
WSSA would like to thank Rob Percival and Seattle YMCA for sponsoring its AppHack Winter Camp 2015 – Akkshay Khoslaa.