|Name of Activity||Build an App|
|Author||Tim Hellickson + Emily Taintor|
|Keywords||app, build, engineering design process, service learning, grade 4, grade 5, grade 6, grade 4-6, two hours, design, wireframe, presentation, client, solution|
|Grade Level||4, 5, 6|
|Time||2 Hours Total|
|Brief Description||Students will build an app that is designed to solve a problem in their community (classroom, school at large, etc.). Students will come up with a concept, then build a home screen and at least four wireframes, which they will present to the class.|
|Lesson Objectives:||– Learn about the Engineering Design Process.
– Start thinking about Service Learning.
– Introduce linear thinking, working through a process.
– Introduce computer engineering/computer science (Types of Engineering Unit).
|Materials Needed:||– Paper
– Attached worksheets (2 or 3 sets of worksheets per group)
|Preparation and Set Up:||Introduce the concepts of service learning, go through Engineering Design Process, introduce the challenge and explain the restraints.|
|Necessary Background||Engineering Design Process
5. Have students design at least four wireframes for their app with descriptions of the functionality for each frame. 6. Have students finalize their frames and design them (color theme, logo, etc.) however they want. 7. Present to the rest of the class.
|Extensions:||– STOMPers can mock up the students’ apps in PowerPoint in between classroom sessions and simulate the functionality using action buttons so that the apps can be tested and evaluated.|
|Reference 4||Updated Worksheet 1|
|Reference 5||Updated Worksheet 2|
|Umbrella Unit/Curriculum (if applicable)||Engineering Design|