Pattonville alumni share app development at national conference
Pattonville alumni share app development at national conference
Thursday, October 26, 2017
Keturah Gadson, Mitchell Skaggs, Micah Thompkins and Joshua Zahner, Class of 2017 - These four alumni were invited to the national PLTW (Project Lead the Way) Summit 2017 in Orlando, Florida to give a presentation on the process they used to create an app for the Pattonville School District last school year. The graduates were joined by their former computer science teacher at Pattonville High School, Jeremiah Simmons.

The PLTW event is billed as a conference that "brings together students, educators, business leaders and policymakers from across the country who are passionate about learning, discovery and innovation."

The Pattonville team was invited to present about their "real-world application of designing an application for your district" during the conference's Engage Expo.

"We feel our audience will be inspired after hearing stories about the great things your students are doing at Pattonville High School," said Andrea Holzwarth, director of school engagement for PLTW in Kansas and Missouri, in a letter of invitation to the team.

The students were enrolled in a computer science class that spent a year collaborating to create an app for the Pattonville School District. Under Simmons' direction, the students worked with district officials as clients to develop an app that works on iOS and Android smartphones. The app is now available for download from the Mac App Store for iPhones or Google Play store for Android phones and has been downloaded thousands of times.

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Andrea Holzwarth, director of school engagement for PLTW in Kansas and Missouri, left, is shown with Pattonville alumni, from left, Mitchell Skaggs, Micah Thompkins, Keturah Gadson and Joshua Zahner.