Tech Academy develops math apps for kids


FORTVILLE — The Mt. Vernon High School High Tech Academy Web Developer class recently conducted an “app launch party” to present personalized apps created for fifth-grade students. With the fifth-graders serving as “clients” for the developer teams, apps were designed based on favorite foods and animals (for example, spaghetti and a zebra) to help them improve math skills, specifically fractions. Fifth-graders were to solve fraction problems which would advance an animal through the talking game. The goal was for the animal to make its favorite food, thereby successfully completing the game.

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The MVHS web developer teams worked with their clients to create fraction-themed websites customized to individual interests. The fifth grade clients enjoyed seeing their personalized apps on launch day, and some were able to demonstrate their apps in front of an audience. Group presentations included videos of client interviews, fraction games and demonstrations of the apps’ functionality.

The launch party began with the apps displayed on the MVHS auditorium screen and the web developers and fifth-grade clients in the audience. It concluded with clients and attendees enjoying refreshments in the cafeteria while trying out all of the apps designed by the teams. Attendees traveled from table to table and practiced their fraction math skills in a large variety of formats.