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Fall 2019 M.E.A.F. and Wells Fargo AppJamboree Recap & Results

As the Fall 2019 AppJam+ season came to a close, Dreams for Schools hosted the first of five AppJamborees on Monday, December 2nd. Students from 5 Orange County middle and high schools presented the mobile applications they had developed over a 10-week period. The AppJamboree event was hosted at the University of California, Irvine, and featured presentations from 10 teams.

Students from Segerstrom High School & Saddleback High School participated in the Wells Fargo Financial Literacy Theme Category. Students from Prentice School, PYLUSD Special Ed, and New Vista School participated in category supported by Mitsubishi Electric America Foundation. Judges had the incredibly tough task of selecting the top two teams in each category to take the prize. In addition to the friendly judging competition, a "Best Poster" award was voted on by participating students and judges also scored teams to receive a "Best Stage Presentation" award.

Check out all of the hard work the students put in this season in their videos respectively:
Wells Fargo Category Video Link.
Mitsubishi Electric America Foundation Category Video Link.

Mitsubishi Electric America Foundation - 1st Place Winners of Google Chrome Books – The Trashies from New Vista School
App Name: Junk Genie
Mentor: Anjali K.
Team Members: Jacob N., Lorenzo S., Matthew W.
App Description: We all wish we could live in a clean and trash-free environment; help us get there! To aid us in our journey, we've enlisted the help of a magical genie who can make trash disappear. Help guide the genie to eliminate as much trash as possible. Be part of the solution, not the pollution!
Technical Components Used: Graphics, audio, buttons, clock, image sprites, global variables, logic operators, procedures to randomize objects


Mitsubishi Electric America Foundation - 2nd Place Winners of BB-8 Spheros – The Golden Sun from Placentia-Yorba Linda Unified School District
App Name: Hero Survey
Mentor: Amanda T., Anoosha A., Rachel R., Seo Hyun C.
Team Members: Alberto N., Evan I., Giovanni C., Jorge E., Nathan D.
App Description: The goal of our game is to get rid of air pollution. This can be accomplished by answering trivia questions correctly and the trivia questions are based on science, history, and random fun facts. If you answer 3 out of 5 questions correctly, you can proceed to the next round. If you get only 1 or 2 question(s) right, you lose the round and can start over/try again if you want.
Technical Components Used:Image sprites, labels, buttons, randomized list for the different questions, audio.


 

Wells Fargo Category - 1st Place Winners of $50 Visa Giftcards – Above Average from Segerstrom High School
App Name: Common Cents
Mentor: Akil C. & Kim N.
Team Members: Alicia Q., Angel R., Bernabe V., Joe C., Joseph B., Rafael G., Sayra M.
App Description: Common Cents is designed to test your basic knowledge in five different fields of occupation; Medicine, Engineering, Teaching, Art and Sports. By answering the given questions correctly you will earn money in your account to be later used to upgrade gameplay options -- deposit money in the bank, invest money in Wells Fargo or plan for retirement. The end goal it to teach the importance of saving money to be stable for a successful future.
Technical Components Used: Audio, random answer placement option for (A,B,C buttons), buttons, canvas, image sprites, upgrade screen option, money meter.


Wells Fargo Category - 2nd Place Winners of Amazon Fire Tablets – Red Cape Crusader from Saddleback High School
App Name: Super Debt
Mentor: Haiming W. & Ngoc M.
Team Members: Janvi S., Steven C.
App Description: Superheroes can find themselves in debt, just like anyone else. In this game, Superman must earn back money to repay Batman. Money is earned through fighting villains, but watch out for the kryptonite! Can Superman fight enough villains before the timer runs out? It's all up to you.
Technical Components Used: Piskel was used to create all of the characters and icons. Different audio was picked for background music and for different sounds throughout the game play. Buttons are used to move Superman on the screen. Randomizing lists is used to choose the other characters on the screen. Various global variables if/then statements, logical operators, and procedures are also utilized for game play.


Best Stage Presentation Winners of Target Gift Cards – Above Average from Segerstrom High School
App Name: Common Cents
Mentor: Akil C. & Kim N.
Team Members: Alicia Q., Angel R., Bernabe V., Joe C., Joseph B., Rafael G., Sayra M.
App Description: Common Cents is designed to test your basic knowledge in five different fields of occupation; Medicine, Engineering, Teaching, Art and Sports. By answering the given questions correctly you will earn money in your account to be later used to upgrade gameplay options -- deposit money in the bank, invest money in Wells Fargo or plan for retirement. The end goal it to teach the importance of saving money to be stable for a successful future.
Technical Components Used: Audio, random answer placement option for (A,B,C buttons), buttons, canvas, image sprites, upgrade screen option, money meter.


Best Poster Winners of Target Gift Cards – Bodast from New Vista School
App Name: Rogue Defender
Mentor: Gary L.
Team Members: Adam S., Alexander N., Sage T.
App Description: The goal of the game is to shoot down the enemy alien spaceships and you only have 3 lives. It is similar to Galaga. Every time the enemy gets shot down, it either spawns more or stronger enemies.
Technical Components Used:Audio, graphics, scales


Closing Remarks

App development is no small feat. For these middle schoolers to complete fully functioning apps in just ten weeks is truly an astounding accomplishment, one that every participant should relish in. The level of teamwork, technical expertise, and confidence the student team showcased at this AppJamboree is a testament to each teams dedication, something that every student should be proud of. The students of this AppJamboree started out this season strong, and we can't wait to see what the next four have in store for us!

Thank you to all of our attendees for your support of a program that not only helps participants gain technical skills and knowledge of possible STEM career paths but also increases each participant's belief in themselves and their aptitude for a career in STEM fields.

A huge thank you to all of our partners for helping to make this a reality. Thank you Kingston Technology, Kay Family Foundation, Mitsubishi Electric America Foundation, Sun Family Foundation, Croul Family Foundation, Cox, Wells Fargo, Western Digital Foundation, Union Bank, & Luna Grill.

Thank you to our judges who joined us from different companies.

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