What is AppJam+?
Inspiring students to love STEM Dreams for Schools developed AppJam+ to be an interactive program for introducing students to STEM concepts. Through lessons in mobile application development, we equip young people with tools, basic knowledge, and technology skills through mentorship and guided learning. We aim to spark students’ curiosity to explore career pathways in technology.
We partner with universities to connect college mentors from computer science and engineering backgrounds with AppJam+ students. Mentors build relationships and provide hands-on computer coding experience. Students collaborate in small, creative teams during this course and apply all they have learned to develop their own mobile apps. At the end of the course, the students will present their mobile apps at our AppJamboree showcase where mentors, parents, educators and community members celebrate their growth and accomplishment.
Program Overview AppJam+ is a ten-week, after-school program that meets twice a week for two hours. Individual class capacity is 25 students with one mentor available per team of 3-5 students. The AppJam+ curriculum is geared towards students in grades 6-8. Over the course of 40 hours, students will develop their own Android mobile application based around a seasonal theme. We partner with local schools to run AppJam+ twice a year in Fall and Spring.
Why STEM? The fields of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) are growing and providing numerous job opportunities while steadily becoming more vital to companies across the globe. We exist to start children on the path to programming the future.
Benefits When the program is complete, students will have developed a working understanding of basic computer science and engineering principles and technical skills plus interpersonal skills—all of which they can apply in future personal, educational, and professional settings.
AppJam+ culminates in our AppJamboree showcase, where students present their final projects and demonstrate their mobile apps. Families and friends are all welcome for a night of technology filled fun.