On November 22, the 2014 China National App Inventor Contest for High/Middle School Students, which kicked off last June, held its final round competition at the Google office in Shanghai.
Here is a report by Kathy Deng of Google University Relations Education, China:
We are pleased to announce that the final onsite competition and awarding ceremony of the 2014 App Inventor contest for high/middle school students were successfully held in November 22 in Shanghai office.
It’s the first year we run this nationwide App Inventor contest for high school and middle school students, to (1) encourage high/middle students to learn Computational Thinking, (2) do hands-on development on Android application through App Inventor Tool and (3) to boost CS education among young students. We totally received 450+ submissions from 140+ schools this year.
We found such kind of activities have inspired young students to transform their ideas to runnable apps by using App Inventor. Some of the apps are pretty innovative - which are right good to be uploaded to online for sharing. We hope this event is helpful to attract more young students to learn CS.
There were 10 finalists from high school group, 10 finalists from middle school group and their parents and teachers attending the onsite competition on November 22. Each finalist presented and demo’ed their applications to the judges which is composed of university faculty members, high school teachers and Google engineers. Below is the first prize in high school group and middle school school:
1st prize in high school group: Location (Travel application)
1st prize in middle school group: WeKeepFit (health application for family use)
other applications: Football Experts, Jigsaw Puzzle, Darkeyesball (Game), CalU (Calculator), Stamps, Healthhelper, Hazebook (PM2.5 Calculator), Firefly's game, Lify (Agenda, weather, notes included), Ehealth, Translation (Multi-language), Exercise tracking app, 3D chess, Road racing (Game), Graffiti Sketchpad, Climb the stairs, NumberPointer (Game), Chinese Idiom Conference (Guess Chinese idiom)
Some application screenshots:
Thanks Ms. Maggie Johnson and Prof. Hal Abelson (MIT) for your welcome speech to the students and their parents and teachers, and also for your great support to the whole contest.
Event group photo:
Thanks for reading!
-- Kathy on behalf of China UR/Education team