Eanes ISD creates its first app development course

Austin

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Students in Eanes ISD head back to class Wednesday and high school students who attend Westlake will be offered a new opportunity that could lead to a future business.

Over the summer, the district created what they call a Design Lab, a place where students can create apps and try to get them picked up by the app store.

“They are coming up through an ideation process of something they want to create. They will hopefully at the end of this have a product that they can see and be able to take to the app store and maybe be able to sell,” says Jerri Lamirand, Director of STEM for Eanes ISD.

In the bigger picture of education, the course is about having something tangible for their college application.

“It really gives them the ability to talk about what they have done, and that’s what colleges really want to hear is not just what you are interested in but give me examples and I think that shines through with our kids that this is something I am passionate about, I have innovated, I have created,” says Steve Ramsey, Principal of Westlake High School.

The course plays off their existing business incubator program, now going into its third year. It’s an opportunity for juniors and seniors to create their own business and be mentored by business leaders in the community. The thought for the new addition is new businesses might also need an app.

The district also hopes the class encourages more students to become interested in computer science.

“There are so many computational jobs out there that are not being fulfilled,” Lamirand says. “This is a huge need in education right now are computer science courses and not just at the high school level, also at the middle school level and elementary.”
 

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