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Learning Beyond Mobile App Development

The end goal of the ISE Coding Garage is for each participant to create a mobile app for a chance at winning prize money.  But, we have always wanted it to be more than that.  Throughout the summer each session begins with learning something. From using Slack to communicate and backing up code on GitHub, to enhancing presentation skills - these are all tools and skills that will be needed in college or beyond in future careers (we use all extensively at ISE). 

This past week we headed to the University of Iowa College of Engineering's Annex, an extension of the University of Iowa’s Seamans Center for the Engineering Arts and Sciences.  Thanks to professors Jon Kuhl and Er-Wei Bai for arranging presentations for the ISE Coding Garage students on where their future may lead and some of the things they can discover while studying in their program. 

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Tyler Bell (assistant professor) and Matt Finley (TA and research assistant for Professor Bell) demonstrating Holostream technology to create 3D images.  Professor Bell joined remotely (he's in the lower right corner of the computer monitor)

Iowa City Area Development (ICAD) group's Mark Nolte also joined us and provided valuable insight into the opportunities available in technology fields in Iowa and his own experience with helping to create PastPresent, a mobile app to help tell the story of you.

The ISE Coding Garage is a summer program for high school students interested in learning more about software engineering and developing mobile apps. Students meet once a week for one hour to enhance their development skills and design their own apps. Participants have access to the ISE interns and other experienced ISE programmers, to ask questions and get feedback during the process. At the end of the program, students present their app idea to friends, family, and a panel of judges for a shot at winning cash for their newly created innovation!

A partnership between ISE, the University of Iowa’s Electrical and Computer Engineering department, and the Iowa City Area Development (ICAD) group, allows for the program to be free to all participants. Food each week and cash prizes of $850 are also provided as part of the sponsorship. 


Stay tuned for more updates on this year’s ISE Coding Garage class and their mobile app projects!

Daniela Williams, Project Manager

Daniela Williams, Project Manager

Daniela is a Project Manager at ISE with a bit of dabbling in Marketing. Recently she managed the new website release project and is currently the Scrum Master for the Sales and Marketing team. Daniela enjoys making sure the team accomplishes its goals while having fun along the way. When she’s not herding cats at work, you can find her running around town or getting her hands dirty in the garden.

Daniela Williams, Project Manager

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