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Girls Create With Technology program introduces high school girls to app developing

Published: November 20, 2013.

The Department of Mathematics and Computer Science at Lewis University offered another session of its Girls Create With Technology program on Oct. 26. The series aims to introduce high school girls to the field of computer science.

The session, led by Dr. Cindy Kersey, assistant professor of Computer Science, taught the high school girls in attendance how to create mobile applications for Android devices. The participants used AppInventor, an easy-to-use but very powerful programming tool developed by Google and now maintained by MIT.

The students created two applications during the session. The first app was a picture-editing tool that allowed them to embellish a photo by tracing on it with their fingers. Afterward, they made a video game that involved tapping on a fast moving on-screen mole to make it disappear, similar to the old whack-a-mole game.

“This is an exciting program with a critically important purpose, and Dr. Kersey is to be commended for leading it so well,” Dr. Ray Klump, chair of Mathematics and Computer Science at Lewis University, said.

Future sessions of the Girls Create With Technology program will teach the participants how to create database-driven websites, how to build mobile apps using a professional programming language and how to develop video games.

The series is sponsored by AT&T’s Aspire program. In the summer, AT&T contributed $25,000 in support of the Lewis University Computer Science Department’s outreach program, Girls Create with Technology. As access to skilled workers becomes increasingly vital to the U.S. economy, AT&T is committed to helping more students graduate from high school ready for careers and college, and ensuring the country is better prepared to meet global competition.

Lewis University is a Catholic university in the Lasallian tradition offering distinctive undergraduate and graduate programs to more than 6,500 traditional and adult students. Lewis offers multiple campus locations, online degree programs, and a variety of formats that provide accessibility and convenience to a growing student population. Sponsored by the De La Salle Christian Brothers, Lewis prepares intellectually engaged, ethically grounded, globally connected, and socially responsible graduates. The seventh largest private not-for-profit university in Illinois, Lewis has been nationally recognized by The Princeton Review and U.S. News & World Report. Visit for further information.

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