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AppJam+ Fall 2016 Showcase Finale Recap & Results


We concluded our year with our annual Fall Program & Showcase Finale Event featuring presentations by 18 teams from 5 different program sites at the Newkirk Alumni Center at UC Irvine.

AppJam+ is a program in which the concept of building software in a short period of time is used as a tool to excite and inform middle school students about STEM fields while teaching them the creative and hands on technical process of mobile application development & exposing them to careers in STEM.

Bringing together nearly 100 middle school students from Yorba Middle School, Ralston Intermediate Boys & Girls Club of Garden Grove, Jordan Intermediate Boys & Girls Club of Garden Grove, Valadez Middle School in Placentia and Harbor Day School in Corona del Mar, the showcase featured 18 team presentations with the following teams coming out on top in the friendly competition & a new fan favorite award this year!

1st Place Winners of Google Chrome Books - GAWD of Winners from Ralston Intermediate Boys & Girls Club Garden Grove
App Name: Animal Adventures
Mentor(s): John Shipley
Team Members: Jillian, Victoria, Armando, Danny, Gage
App Description: Animal Adventures is about the player character visiting multiple biomes and answering questions about animals from each one in order to make progress to the next biome.
Technical Components Used: Music and audio effects, touch and fling, gyroscope, accelerometer, moving sprites, internal list arrays and on-flash database. Additional Comments: Database use for storing character information between screens, as well as storing the score between screens. Audio in some scenes for mood music, as well as success and failure sounds. Characters and animals are sprites which moves from spot to spot on the screen as questions are answered correctly or incorrectly.

2nd Place Winners of Sphero Devices - Toxic Bubbles from Harbor Day School
App Name: Charitables
Mentor(s): Anshul Singhal
Team Members: Carson, Lukas, Richard, Shaan
App Description: Nothing feels better than donating some hard earned money to the people in need. Do 4 different chores for your neighbor and earn money to donate to charity. 'Charitables' will get you addicted to its fun-filled STEM related games, so come check it out!
Technical Components Used: We've designed the game to be functional on multiple screen sizes. We use databases to store the global money. We have fancy audio and 8-bit characters to make it look retro. We've also used lists, clocks, pop-ups, etc.

3rd Place Winners of Android Tablets - Sandwich Bagels from Jordan Intermediate
App Name: Virus Attack
Mentor(s): Samantha Nagle & Anthony Luong
Team Members: Nathan, Dakota, & My-Thanh
App Description: A game that teaches about viruses and molecules that can kill the viruses. This game includes a quiz and two levels of virus killing action!
Technical Components Used: Audio, accelerometer, buttons, drag motion.

4th Place Winners of Makey Makey Devices - The Five Amigos from Harbor Day School
App Name: Market Mayhem
Mentor(s): James Dumkuengthanant
Team Members: Alex, Grant, Peyton, Jack & Petra
App Description: Come Shop with us! Grab a shopping cart and pick up some fresh vegetables at the right price! We offer a variety of vegetables falling from above, catch the right vegetables to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Thank you for shopping with us, see you again soon!
Technical Components Used: database, audio, accelerator sensor, and graphics.
Additional Comments: As a team working together, we would like to make the world aware that food is being wasted at an alarming rate. Super markets throw out bad vegetables that are unable to be sold.

Fan Favorite Award Winner - The Pixels from Ralston Intermediate
App Name: Eruption
Mentor(s): Vatsal Rustagi
Team Members: Cody, Brayden, Leo & Carissa
App Description: An adventure game where the user answers science/math questions and collects items to save the world.
Technical Components Used: Accelerometer, Orientation Sensor, Audio, Graphics, Animation

Closing Remarks
Each year the level of technical sophistication and depth of design that the students achieve in their apps is astounding & greater! The movies, presentations & posters students make in support of their app improve each year, as well as the breadth of technical skills the students learn in the areas of game design, graphic editing tool, and sound editing. It boggles our minds that they do all of this in the span of 8 to 10 weeks!

Thank you all for your support of a program that not only helps participants gain technical skills and knowledge of possible STEM career paths but also increases each participant's belief in themselves and their aptitude for a career in STEM fields.

AppJam+ is the main outreach initiative focused around exposing students to the creative and hands on technical process of mobile application development while exposing them to STEM fields. Middle school students receive mentorship from college undergraduates and learn to make Mobile apps which will be utilized by early learners.

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