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App Inventor finally came to Tokyo!! First App Inventor workshop for educators in Tokyo

Oct 10, 2019 karen's Blog

This is a guest blog by MIT Master Trainer Masao Ishihara.

On September 4th, the first MIT App Inventor workshop for educators was held at STEMON head learning studio in Ogikubo, Tokyo. The workshop was planned and run by Masao Ishihara, the first...

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27 New MIT Master Trainers Become Certified

Aug 16, 2019 karen's Blog

On July 29-31, twenty-seven educators from 7 different countries attended the MIT Master Trainers in Educational Mobile Computing workshop in their final step to becoming certified as a Master Trainer.

To become certified, the Master Trainers had to first...

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JUVENTUD APK: From consumers to inventors in Cuba

Aug 8, 2019 karen's Blog

This is a guest blog by MIT Master Trainer Jose Luis Nez

One of the most important goals of MIT App Inventor is that anyone can create apps that impact the world. In this sense, UNESCO is working throught YouthMobile initiative...

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Tackling Trash with App Inventor at TechBoston Academy

May 15, 2019 karen's Blog

On April 22, 2019, over 85 students from TechBoston Academy presented their STEAM projects at MITs Stata Center...

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Hacking School System with App Inventor at Preface

Apr 29, 2019 karen's Blog

This is a guest blog by MIT Master Trainer Anna Yu

Recently we sat down with the February Winners of Nomad Hackathon and interviewed them about the experience of learning how to code at Preface using App Inventor and Scratch. Their responses resonate...

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Combining Coding and Psychology to Create Societal Impact

Apr 22, 2019 karen's Blog

This is a guest blog by MIT Master Trainer Queena Ling

Like many budding psychology students, Suki has a strong desire to aid those with special needs or suffering from mental health problems. Unlike her fellow psychology students however, Suki has taken...

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Starting Coding from a Young Age

Feb 21, 2019 karen's Blog

This is a guest blog by MIT Master Trainer Anna Yu.
The first Preface Hackathon of 2019 started off with a bang, as Preface coders aged 9-12 aimed to build on their past year of creating impactful applications for the community. The past...

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African Union CIEFFA Stem Ambassadors Get Introduced to MIT App Inventor

Dec 9, 2018 karen's Blog

This is a guest blog by MIT Master Trainer Evbi O"Sullivan

African Union International Centre for Girls and Women Education in Africa (AU/CIEFFA) is the arm of the African Union entrusted with promoting girls and womens education across Africa. In November 2018, fifty-five...

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Joy of Coding

Nov 19, 2018 karen's Blog

This is a guest blog by MIT Master Trainer Ming Wu

After the coding class, my ten year old boy praised: Mom, you did it!. "Are you proud of me?" I asked him immediately. Yes, I am. He replied with a radiant smile...

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HK Children built Burger Ordering App for local restaurant

Oct 23, 2018 karen's Blog

This is a guest blog by MIT Master Trainer Tommie Lo.

Its 11:30 in the morning, 45 minutes away to your lunch break. Having been in a rush and skipped breakfast, you are suffering from the complaint of your rumbling stomach. Here, you...

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Changing the Asian Community one App at a time - Preface Hackathon

Sep 10, 2018 karen's Blog

This is a guest blog by MIT Master Trainer Queena Ling.

Coding education has always been viewed with utmost importance in USA and UK, and has also been an integral component of school curricula in Japan and China. Yet, many parents in...

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David Tseng presents at Maker Faires

Aug 28, 2018 karen's Blog

This is a guest blog by CSAIL Visiting Scientist and MIT Master Trainer David Tseng

On June 14 and 15, 2018, educators from all over the world came to the Education University of Hong Kong for the CTE conference...

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Florida Gulf Coast University and University of South Florida Summer Camp Students Learn App Inventor

Aug 7, 2018 karen's Blog

This is a guest blog by MIT Master Trainer Lyra Logan

High school students in programs at two Florida public universities learned about event-driven programming as they built quick useful apps with App Inventor this summer. In June 2018, I taught Mobile Software...

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Welcome 41 New MIT Master Trainers in Educational Mobile Computing

Aug 6, 2018 karen's Blog

On July 30 - August 1, 2018, 41 educators and entrepreneurs participated in part 3 of the MIT Master Trainers in Educational Mobile Computing program, a three day in-person workshop at MIT. In the workshop, participants learned more about the inner workings of MIT...

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SmartCity linked App development at E2C

Jun 27, 2018 karen's Blog

This is a guest blog by MIT Master Trainer Pierre Huguet and Marie-Caroline Gries

Ecole de la deuxime chance is a public network of...

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#GirlsMakeTech Hong Kong in support of Technovation 2018!

Jun 14, 2018 karen's Blog

This is a guest blog by MIT Master Trainer Ringo Lee

Many thanks to Brian Tang for the invitation to #GirlsMakeTech Hong Kong in support of Technovation 2018!

After a day long #GirlsMakeTech Workshop@WeWork and 2 days of...

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Smarthuerto, a Smart Decision

Jun 12, 2018 karen's Blog

This is a guest blog by MIT Master Trainer Jose Luis Nez

With this slogan, a mixture of English and Spanish, six students from IES Isbilya from Seville (Spain), managed to win the first edition of the Grow-Lab contest of the...

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App Inventor: Who do we train and from where do we teach ?

May 17, 2018 karen's Blog

This is a guest blog by MIT Master Trainers Youmna Ovazza and Pierre Huguet.
App Inventor empowers normal people to build Apps that are...

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The Connected Classroom

May 1, 2018 karen's Blog

Hello! Im Cindy Kim from the Chinese International School in Hong Kong. I started to code with Scratch when I was in Year 7, and then with MIT App Inventor after I joined a coding camp for girls. Later on in Year 10, I had an idea for a Co-Curricular...

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6 Award Winning Apps from AppJamming Summit 2018

Apr 18, 2018 karen's Blog

Read about the AppJamming Summit 2018, held in Hong Kong, and hosted by First Code Academy.

This is a guest blog by MIT Master Trainer Michelle Sun.

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Coding Hackathon With Business School Students in Paris, France

Apr 17, 2018 karen's Blog

This is a guest blog by MIT Master Trainers Youmna Ovazza and Pierre Huguet.

The ISG (Institut Suprieur de Gestion) is a French business school offering MBA programs. Pierre and I had taught a group...

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CoderDojo-coaches translate App Inventor to Dutch

Apr 3, 2018 karen's Blog

This is a guest blog by Maarten Thimpont of CoderDojo Belgium

I made a little game on my tablet, explains Zinnia (10 years old) while firing up here tablet. If my picture appears on the screen, I should tab it as fast as...

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Responsive Design: Drag a Canvas larger than screen size

Mar 18, 2018 karen's Blog

This is a guest blog by MIT Master Trainer Emile Wong

One day, when I put the keywords Responsive design in App Inventor in a web search, Google returned a page from MIT, other App Inventor Features references. The page suggested...

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App Inventor against Cyberbullying

Mar 15, 2018 karen's Blog

This is a guest blog by MIT Master Trainer Jose Luis Nez

Two 16-year-old students from IES Isbilya, Seville(Spain), have developed a mobile application using MIT App Inventor to raise community awareness of the problem of cyberbullying.

The work, which is in the...

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#GirlsMakeTech Hong Kong in support of Technovation 2018 Launch

Feb 8, 2018 karen's Blog

This is a guest blog by MIT Master Trainer Ringo Lee

On January 26, 2018, MIT AppInventor Master Trainers, Ringo Lee and Emile Wong, joined the launch of #GirlsMakeTech Hong Kong in support of the Technovation 2018 launch held at Hong Kong University. The...

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Miami Mobile App Lab Students Prepare to Develop Apps for First Non-profit Client

Jan 21, 2018 karen's Blog

This is a guest blog by MIT Master Trainer Lyra Logan.

This fall, the Florida Education Fund (FEF) opened its first Mobile App Lab at William H. Turner Technical Arts High School in northwest Miami-Dade County, Florida. At the Mobile App Lab, FEF, through...

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App Inventor Makes a Surprise Appearance at CES 2018

Jan 10, 2018 karen's Blog

This is a guest blog by MIT Master Trainer Rich Interdonato

Each year I attend CES to see what the latest consumer electronics look like so I can share the observations with my students at the University of Utah. This year, I...

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Teaching App Inventor in Hong Kong: Map Component

Dec 27, 2017 karen's Blog

This is a guest blog by MIT Master Trainer Tony Lam

The CoolThink@JC Project is created and funded by The Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust, and co-created by Massachusetts Institute of Technology, The Education University of Hong Kong, and City University of...

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Watershed Protection Hackathon in Austin

Dec 12, 2017 karen's Blog

This is a guest blog by MIT Master Trainer Suzan Dalgic.

Austin ISD elementary and middle school students participated in a daylong hackathon to tackle watershed pollution during the Computer Science education week in Austin on December 9th, 2017. The event is hosted...

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Things we learned from teaching 25,000 kids how to code

Nov 13, 2017 karen's Blog

This is a guest blog by Philipp Knodel of App Camps Germany

With our non-profit App Camps we provide teaching resources for teachers and schools to teach coding. Teaching resources means: short videos and tutorials. Our goal is...

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Technovation workshop at Roxbury Innovation Center

Nov 6, 2017 karen's Blog

The MIT App Inventor team presented at a workshop for interested girls, teachers, and parents at the Roxbury Innovation Center on Saturday, November 4. While the numbers were low, the enthusiasm was evident as participants tried out the new App Building Guide, Bootleg Snapchat. The event was sponsored...

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UNESCO YOUTHMOBILE: My First Training Assignment as a MIT App Inventor Master Trainer

Oct 31, 2017 karen's Blog

This is a guest blog by MIT Master Trainer Evbi O'Sullivan

Almost exactly one month to the day after I returned from my trip to Boston for the MIT App Inventor Master Trainer Workshop, I received an unexpected email. It was from the...

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Two New Tutorials on Using Javascript in App Inventor

Oct 6, 2017 karen's Blog

MIT Master Trainer Rich Interdonato, Professor at the University of Utah, has written two tutorials that show readers how to utilize the WebViewer component to execute javascript code.

Teen-Code

Oct 3, 2017 karen's Blog

This is a guest blog by MIT Master Trainer Youmna Ovazza

I am writing to you from Paris to introduce Teen-Code to the international App Inventor community!

Teen-Code started back a little less than a year ago in Paris, France and aims at...

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Building your own apps: App Summer Camp for Girls in Germany

Sep 27, 2017 karen's Blog

This is a guest blog by Diana Knodel of App Camps Germany

In 2013 we came across MIT App Inventor and were fascinated immediately. It allows you the build your own apps without prior coding experience - and along the way you...

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18 New Master Trainers in Educational Mobile Computing

Aug 14, 2017 karen's Blog

Congratulations to our newest MIT Master Trainers! Eighteen people, hailing from seven different countries, travelled to MIT to participate in our second annual three day capstone workshop July 31-Aug 2. To be part of the three day workshop, participants first completed an online MOOC,...

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About our new MIT App Inventor logo

Aug 11, 2017 karen's Blog

Why do we need a new logo? The MIT App Inventor team felt it was time to move away from our Android-specific green droid. When you use MIT App Inventor next you will see the new logo in the upper left hand corner of the...

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Students hack plastic pollution with MIT App Inventor apps

Aug 7, 2017 karen's Blog

This is a guest blog by MIT Master Trainer Suzan Dalgic

July 18th, 2017 was the day 3rd-8th-grade students hacked plastic pollution and they created apps by using MIT App Inventor. MIT Master Trainer Suzan Dalgic collaborated with JASON Learning, Dr. Luk Hendrik,...

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MIT Master Trainer at JASON National Conference 2017 at George Washington University

Jul 17, 2017 karen's Blog

MIT Master Trainer Suzan Dalgic held a session at the JASON National Conference with Dr.Luk Hendrik and Eric Winkler (MIT SANA project lead software developer) to introduce MIT App Inventor to science teachers on June 24th, 2017. Most of the participants in this session have never worked on App Inventor...

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The 2017 Google App Inventor Contest kicks off

Jun 14, 2017 karen's Blog

This is a guest blog by Kathy Deng, Google China

In 2014, Google China launched the first nationwide App Inventor contest for students from high schools and middle...

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CoderDojo, Community-based Programming Clubs for Young People

Jun 13, 2017 karen's Blog

This is a guest blog by MIT Master Trainer Sjaak Bosman.

On April 29th MIT Master Trainer Sjaak Bosman has given a Show & Tell presentation and workshop to introduce...

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App Inventor and Maker (2): Bluetooth Desk LED Light

Apr 13, 2017 karen's Blog

This is the latest blog post from MIT Master Trainer Xiangqun (Juliet) Chen. Check out the first prize winning app in 2016 Guangdong Student Maker Contest!

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CS Unplugged in New Zealand

Apr 13, 2017 karen's Blog

I was lucky enough to spend a day last week at the University of Canterbury in Christchurch, New Zealand with Tim Bell and his CS Unplugged team. We had quite a long discussion on computer science, pedagogy, and curricula. The Unplugged team is...

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UNESCO YouthMobile Event in Doha

Mar 10, 2017 karen's Blog

This is a guest blog by Felicia Kamriani.

On March 7, 2017, I was invited to speak to students and teachers at the UNESCO YouthMobile event in Doha Qatar. YouthMobile was part of TumuhaTECs Digital Youth Festival at QITCOM 2017, Qatars biggest digital...

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App Inventor and Makers (1): Smart Bathtub

Mar 3, 2017 karen's Blog

This is the latest blog post from MIT Master Trainer Xiangqun (Juliet) Chen. Check out 9th grade students who make a smart bathtub with MIT App Inventor and Arduino.

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Becoming a Middle School Computer Programming Teacher

Feb 24, 2017 karen's Blog

This is a guest blog by MIT Master Trainer Sarah Blanchette.

Becoming a middle school computer programming teacher has been an enriching and eye-opening experience. The focus of this blog is what works in middle school. #1: Start simple. #2: Go slow. Allow...

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App Inventor Mentioned in Batgirl Comics

Feb 24, 2017 karen's Blog

MIT App Inventor was mentioned in the latest Batgirl DC Comic Book, when Barbara Gordon, aka Batgirl, volunteers at a coding workshop at a local elementary school. They even added a link to the App Inventor site! Image from Batgirl (2016-) #8 Son of...

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Verizon Innovative Learning App Challenge Winners Announced

Feb 17, 2017 karen's Blog

The Best in Nation winners of the Verizon Innovative Learning App Challenge where just announced. Eight teams from around the country were awarded $15,000 by Verizon Innovative Learning, in addition to the $5000 they were awarded as one of 100 Best in State teams....

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Working with the ITunes API

Feb 15, 2017 karen's Blog

This is a guest blog by MIT graduate and former MIT App Inventor team member Aubrey Colter In May 2015, I went to Oakland, CA, to teach an App Inventor workshop to a group of students at Youth Radio. I wanted to teach...

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EU Code Week 2016 and MIT App Inventor

Feb 10, 2017 karen's Blog

This is a guest blog by MIT Master Trainer Rosanna Kurrer

EU Code Week (http://codeweek.eu/) is a grassroots movement which started in 2012 and is supported by the European Commission, and has since spread to over 50 countries around the world. The European...

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Challenges and tips for teaching a large coding class

Feb 7, 2017 karen's Blog

This is a guest blog by MIT Master Trainer Anqi Zhou.

During summer 2016, I had the opportunity to teach App Inventor to classes of 30 beginners aged 10 - 12 in Beijing. It was exciting to bring the power of coding to...

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My Experience at the App Inventor Summit

Jan 26, 2017 karen's Blog

This is a guest blog by MIT Master Trainer Yen Yen Lim

My blog will focus on a couple of presentations I watched as an attendee, and my experience as a hackathon judge at the App Inventor Summit in MIT Media Lab on...

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Teaching Maths App Project

Jan 23, 2017 karen's Blog

This is a guest blog by MIT Master Trainer Carly Lam.

Maths Survival Game Project involves creating a mobile game with MIT App Inventor that upon starting, will prompt maths questions to pop up on the screen, which the player will have...

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Photo analysis with Microsoft Cognitive Services, using Makeblock CamVision extension

Jan 18, 2017 karen's Blog

This is a guest blog by MIT Master Trainer David Tseng of CAVEDU Education.

This is a simple project combining App Inventor and Microsoft Cognitive Services :Computer Vision API. The app can upload a picture to Microsoft Cognitive Services :Computer Vision...

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App Inventor and IoTs

Jan 18, 2017 karen's Blog

Please read the latest blog by MIT Master Trainer Xiangqun "Juliet" Chen.

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Opportunity

Jan 10, 2017 karen's Blog

This is a guest blog by MIT Master Trainer Sue Maddock.

Its been almost a year since I actively changed my focus from teaching computer science to promoting computer science. While my fundamental goal has not changed helping students of any age explore...

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Spanish Teachers Learn App Inventor to Teach Computational Thinking

Dec 8, 2016 karen's Blog

This is a guest blog by MIT Master Trainer Jose Luis Nez

Last Friday, we ran an Android App Development workshop using MIT App Inventor with students of the Master de Profesorado de Enseñanza Secundaria at Pablo de Olavide University in Seville, Spain....

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New "I Love My Smartphone Curriculum" Released

Nov 23, 2016 karen's Blog

Jeremy Scott, of The Royal Society of Edinburgh, just released version 2 of his middle/high school curriculum on mobile app development that features MIT App Inventor. The new resources include a tutor pack, learner pack, screencasts, apps, and media files, all downloadable and free to use. This is a great...

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2016 Shenzhen student App Inventor Contest

Nov 15, 2016 karen's Blog

This is a guest blog by MIT App Inventor Master Trainer Xiangqun Chen.

The 2nd Shenzhen Student Maker Festival was held at mid-October. The...

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Show & Tell: Introducing App Inventor

Nov 2, 2016 karen's Blog

MIT Master Trainer at Texas Charter School Association Conference

Oct 21, 2016 karen's Blog

Suzan Dalgic MIT Master Trainer from Harmony Public Schools had a great session of Mobile Education - MIT App Inventor at Texas Charter School Association Conference on October 12, 2016 in Austin, TX. She introduced MIT App Inventor to the other Texas charter...

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An easy way to add a bar graph to your app in App Inventor

Oct 6, 2016 karen's Blog

This is a guest blog by MIT Master Trainer Clark Hochgraf

You can create a simple bar graph in App Inventor using a button and a vertical arrangement. In the image below, the blue bar is a button whose height percent is set...

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Computational Thinking Concepts with App Inventor for Primary School Children

Sep 12, 2016 karen's Blog

This is a guest blog by MIT Master Trainer Carly Lam

CS One Academy offers programs to familiarise primary school children with computer science and programming. Technology and computers is already woven so deeply and intricately into our society, there is no doubt...

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Google Translate API and App Inventor: An Alternative to Yandex

Sep 2, 2016 karen's Blog

This is a guest blog by MIT Master Trainer Yvon Morin

Nowadays, the number of connected devices available through the Internet has led to connected people. The infrastructure that supports all the communications between devices is also known as the Internet of Things(IoT)....

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MOSTEC Inventors Showcase Summer Apps

Sep 1, 2016 karen's Blog

MOSTEC, the MIT Online Science, Technology, and Engineering Community program, allows rising high school seniors the opportunity for academic study in several areas of STEM during the summer, followed by several months of enrichment activities during the fall of their senior year.

Students choose to focus in...

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WeTeach_CS Summit

Sep 1, 2016 karen's Blog

This is a guest blog by MIT Master Trainer Krishnendu Roy

The Center for STEM Education at The University of Texas at Austin hosted the first WeTeach_CS Summit during June 7-9, 2016 (http://www.thetrc.org/cs-summit-2016/). In this K12 teachers workshop around 280 K12 teachers...

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Synchronizing Time With App Inventor

Aug 29, 2016 karen's Blog

This is a guest blog by MIT Master Trainer Rich Interdonato

Synchronizing time across mobile devices is a very challenging problem for app makers. The moment you try to use App Inventor to make something happen on more than one device at exactly...

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Feel the Math with App Inventor

Aug 23, 2016 karen's Blog

This is a guest blog by MIT Master Trainer Angie Zhou

For a lot of young students, learning mathematics means rules to memorize and word problems that exist on paper. But as adults, we know having a sophisticated understanding of mathematical concepts will...

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Heart Rate Monitor with Arduino/Genuino 101

Aug 8, 2016 karen's Blog

This is a guest blog by MIT Master Trainer Jose Luis Nez

Nowadays, the number of connected devices available through the Internet has led to connected people. The infrastructure that supports all the communications between devices is also known as the Internet of...

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AITech - Using Procedures and Any component blocks

Jul 25, 2016 karen's Blog

This is a guest blog by MIT Master Trainer Sjaak Bosman

When components in your app have similar behavior, you can end up with a lot of blocks almost doing the same thing. Using Procedures and Any component blocks not only gives you...

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Pedometer Component Simplifies Accelerometer Sensor Data

Jul 20, 2016 karen's Blog

This is a guest blog post by MIT App Inventor Master Trainer Rich Interdonato.

An online App Inventor course is now being offered by the Department of Health Promotion and Education at the University of Utah....

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2016 Google CS4HS Shenzhen

Jul 14, 2016 karen's Blog

This is a guest blog by MIT App Inventor Master Trainer Xiangqun Chen.

My three-day CS4HS workshop was held in June. More than 40 teachers came to have the training. Most of them are novices on App Inventor.

Two weeks before the workshop,...

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New App Inventor for Educators Site Launched

Jun 13, 2016 karen's Blog

In an effort build a productive and positive educational community around the use of MIT App Inventor, a new website has now launched. teach.appinventor.mit.edu is a site where educators can share ideas, search and post resources, and ask questions about App Inventor....

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Guangzhou Education Information Center(GEIC) Stages App Inventor Robot Contest

Jun 3, 2016 karen's Blog

This is a guest blog by Zanjian Li, from the GuangZhou Education Information Center

On May 8th, the Robot Competition for Primary school and Secondary School Students of Guangzhou 2016 was successfully held by the Guangzhou Education Information Center (GEIC). 305 teams from 166 schools participated in the competition. The...

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Integrating MIT App Inventor into Hoa Sen University IT Curriculum

May 27, 2016 karen's Blog

This is a guest blog post by MIT App Inventor Master Trainer Khoi Nguyen Tran Minh, a lecturer at Hoa Sen University, Vietnam

It is good news that after attending the MIT Master Trainers Program in Educational Mobile Computing, I am able...

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The Science Temple

May 25, 2016 karen's Blog

This is a guest blog by MIT App Inventor Master Trainer Xiangqun Chen.

Every year we have two Disciplines Festivals; the autumn term is Art Festival, the spring term is Science Festival. So this term is Science Festival. The junior and senior parts...

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Celebrating International Girls in ICT day in Europe

May 10, 2016 karen's Blog

This is a guest blog by MIT App Inventor Master Trainer Rosanna Kurrer.

There is a growing awareness that increasing diversity and inclusion in the tech industry is indispensable...

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Massachusetts Technovation Pitch Night a Great Success

May 6, 2016 karen's Blog

Massachusetts Technovation Pitch Night took place on Wednesday, May 4, at the Microsoft NERD Center in Cambridge, MA. MassTLC worked with Technovation to organize and run the event.

Thirty-nine teams of girls from across the state presented their app and business plans...

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MIT App Inventor and Hong Kong Jockey Club Announce Joint Project

May 4, 2016 karen's Blog

May, 2016 The MIT Appinventor Project is proud to announce that we have been selected by The Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust to join them in a four-year program to promote Coding Education in Primary Schools for Hong Kong. The program is a research partnership of the Trust with...

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Hundreds Try App Inventor at MIT Open House

Apr 26, 2016 karen's Blog

Over 40,000 people flocked to Cambridge on Saturday, April 23 to check out the MIT Under the Dome Open House event. Attendees were able to view over 380 exhibits around campus involving 80 different departments. The MIT App Inventor...

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The Tech Girls of Dharavi Slum, Mahim, Mumbai, India

Apr 20, 2016 karen's Blog

This is a guest blog by the Dharavi Tech Girls

My name is Anu. I was born in Nayanagar, Dharavi slum neighborhood, Mahim, Mumbai. I am the first generation from my family to go to school. I lost my father in 2013 in a road accident when I...

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A Great Initiative to Teach App inventor in Bangla By Niloy Shuvo

Apr 14, 2016 karen's Blog

This is a guest blog by Anisul Haque SHIKKHOK.COM, a well known platform for teaching in the Bengali language, won a 2013 Google Rise Award, 2013 The Bobs user award, ISIF Award and so on. SHIKKHOK means Teacher in English. For 3 years...

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App Inventor part of Science on Saturday at MIT

Apr 12, 2016 karen's Blog

The MIT EECS department presented Science on Saturday, Circuits and Computers edition, at the Kresge Auditorium in conjunction with the MIT Museum on Saturday, April 2. Over 1000 people attended the event, which featured on-stage demos by various EECS faculty and staff on electricity, energy, motion and App Inventor. After...

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App Inventor Clicker App Makes a Difference in the Classroom

Apr 8, 2016 karen's Blog

This is a guest blog post by Ken Masters, of Sultan Qaboos University in Oman
All photos courtesy of Salim Al-Harthi

I had to make quite big changes to the way in which I presented my course, and...

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BusBudE Secure Travel Notification System

Apr 4, 2016 karen's Blog

This is a guest blog post by the BusBudE team, South Fayette Township School District, Pennsylvania

Every problem has its solution. You just have to be creative enough to find it.

Travis Kalanick - Co-founder of Uber

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Altona Middle School Team Builds Diction Defender App

Mar 3, 2016 karen's Blog

Last weekend, I had the pleasure of meeting the Altona Middle School team from Longmont, Colorado, who is one of the eight Best in Nation Verizon App Challenge winners. They were beginning their App Inventor training to learn the skills necessary to develop...

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App Inventor program in Germany receives 250.000 from Google.org

Feb 10, 2016 karen's Blog

This is a guest blog post by Diana Knodel, AppCamps Germany App Camps is a German non-profit that uses the MIT App Inventor to teach coding and app development in schools. Out of thousands of projects, the non-profit was selected as...

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Verizon App Challenge Best in Nation Winners Announced

Feb 3, 2016 karen's Blog

The Best in Nation Finalists for the Verizon App Challenge were announced today. Congratulations to all the winners, not only of the Best in Nation, but Best in State, and Best in Region. Middle school and high school teams from around the...

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Google App Inventor Competition in China a Huge Success

Jan 25, 2016 karen's Blog

This is a guest blog post by Kathy Deng, Google China

We just wrapped up the 2015 App Inventor contest for high school and middle school students in China contest website in Chinese, which rolled out in June. This is...

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US FIRST Robotics Uses App Inventor to Design Robot Controllers

Jan 21, 2016 karen's Blog

This is a guest post by Thomas Eng, US FIRST

FIRST is a non-profit organization, founded by inventor Dean Kamen, with a mission to inspire young people to pursue careers in science and technology. FIRST engages children with exciting, Mentor-based programs that build...

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Students Win App Competition in Hong Kong with App Inventor

Jan 20, 2016 karen's Blog

This is a guest post by AU Hoi Kin, Head of Academic Department, Pak Kau College, Hong Kong

Chiu Wai Hang, Chan Pak Long and Ho Kai Yui from Pak Kau College in Hong Kong were recent winners of...

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Russian Language App Inventor Education Site Launched

Dec 29, 2015 karen's Blog

Mobile Apps Academy web site - http://appinvent.ru was launched in Russia in December, 2015. The site is intended for Russian speaking school teachers who plan to teach development of Android apps with MIT App Inventor.

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Mexican Students Win Top Spot in National Science Fair with App Inventor

Dec 16, 2015 karen's Blog

Two female Mexican students, Roxana Galilea and Reyna Guadalupe, won first place in a national science fair (Expo Ciencia Nacional 15) using App Inventor. Their prototype app, Digi Voz Sistem, can recognize voice commands and transmit them through Bluetooth to an Arduino microprocessor to open doors, turn lights on and...

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Superior Deca Squad Participates in FIRST Lego League

Dec 9, 2015 karen's Blog

Last week I had the privilege of meeting, via Skype, the members of the Superior Deca Squad from Herndon, VA. They were preparing to present their project at the Virginia State Meet of FIRST (for the Inspiration and Recognition...

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