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App Building Guides for the Youth Mobile Power Series

MIT App Inventor and YR Media (formerly Youth Radio) have teamed up to present the Youth Mobile Power series. YR teens produce stories highlighting how young people use their phones in surprising and powerful ways. Meanwhile, the team at MIT is continually enhancing App Inventor to make it possible for users like you to create apps like the ones featured in YR’s reporting.

Essentially: get inspired by the story, get busy making your own app!

As part of the Youth Mobile Power series, MIT App Inventor has developed a series of App Building Guides to help you get busy. Here is our list of guides and corresponding experience levels. Note that the instructions will appear in the left sidebar of the App Inventor environment. Just follow the steps to make your own app!

Mood Ring (Beginner)

Mood Ring invites teens to track how they’re feeling using any combo of nine emojis, and to reach out to trusted others when they’re having a rough time.

Inspired by YR Media stories Only Smiling on the Outside: Teens Hide Depression and Could Your Next Therapist Be Your Phone?

Translate App (Beginner)

You're challenged with creating an app that could act as an aid for immigrant parents who need a little extra help in English-speaking situations. Inspired by YR Media sotry What It's Like to be a Translator.

Snapchat Remix (Intermediate)

Make an app that can take a photo and set it as the background, draw different-colored dots and lines on the photo, and sends the photo to your friends. Insprired by NPR story Snapchat Goes Public In Largest Tech IPO Since Alibaba.

Don't Get Faked (Intermediate)

Create a quiz app that can test a user's ability to detect if a story is fake or not. Inspired by YR Media video and online quiz.

Map the Movement (Advanced)

You're challenged with creating an app that shows what's happening on Twitter in any given location on a map. Inspired by YR Media's interactive tracker of student led action.



The YR + MIT collaboration is supported in part by the National Science Foundation. This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. (1614239). Any opinions, findings and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.

Check out more apps and interactive news content created by YR Media here.