A.J. Moore students learn to create apps

POSTED: Wednesday, February 29, 2012 - 5:12pm
UPDATED: Friday, June 1, 2012 - 10:00pm

WACO -- We use it everyday to check bank accounts, stocks, even fly angry birds.

And now students at A.J. Moore Academy in Waco can make their own mobile apps thanks to a partnership between Lenovo and the National Academy Foundation.

"They are one of our model academies in the United States. So, because of their willingness, because of their teacher who was also willing to be a part of this then they were selected to be a part of this process," said Rebecca Privett with the National Academy Foundation.

The curriculum is designed to encourage interest in science, technology, engineering and math.

"I think it's really exciting to have like new things in the classroom I really wanted to learn how to develop apps but i didn't know how to do it," said Pete Baus, A.J. Moore senior.

And prepare local students for future careers.

"It's definitely cutting edge technology and students need to keep up with that to meet industry demands. businesses look for those type of characteristics and qualities in students," said Rick Schrader, information technology teacher at A.J Moore. 

"This is the future of how we're going to be doing things. More and more we're moving onto mobile things," said Baus.

Lenovo is providing the academy with Android Thinkpad Tablets and HD All-in-one desktops to aid in the curriculum.

And A.J. Moore Principal Angela Reiher says the future consolidation of A.J. Moore Academy and University High will not affect the program.

The course will still be offered to any student at the new campus after the consolidation.


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