In the summer program, high school students worked diligently during the month of August to create their own apps, learning the science and math behind computer programming. The program culminated in a presentation ceremony at the new CSI Technology Incubator in St. George where the students showcased their work.
Deputy to the President Kenichi Iwama congratulated the students and thanked AT&T as well as the Continuing Education staff. He noted that, “On a small scale, this program celebrates student creativity, while on a larger scale it celebrates the innovation taking place in the country. Hopefully, we are igniting this creativity through programs like this one.”
“I’m proud of our students, and I’m very grateful to AT&T,” said Cruz Cullari. He added, “The students would not have been able to participate in this program without the tuition funded by AT&T. They are some of the brightest young minds on Staten Island, and it is an honor to be able to support their talent, which in the long run, will benefit the Borough and the City.”
Approximately 50 family members and CSI staff joined in the enthusiasm as students presented their apps and explained their processes.
“My favorite thing was that this program opened my mind to the coding world and to this new generation of computers,” said Angelina Vega, a sophomore at Port Richmond High School, who created Duos Adventure, a game inspired by Super Mario Brothers. Both Vega and Horgan used Paint.net to create the graphics.
Horgan said he wants to be a game or app developer and work for a large company like Google.
David Brim, an instructor in the program, congratulated his students on conquering the “herculean task of creating apps in essentially eight days.” Brim highlighted some of the knowledge that students gained including algebra, the logic of a computer, and how software correlates with hardware. “I couldn’t be happier and more proud. My students had no experience with this and they worked like crazy.”
Here is the complete roster of “Summer App Build” students:
Cameron Baldovin – Age: 16, Grade: 11, School: Xaverian HS
Jorge Quintero-Blancas – Age: 16, Grade: 12, School: New Dorp HS
Jordan Clanton – Age: 13, Grade: 8, School: NEST+m
Ryan Horgan – Age: 14, Grade: 10, School: Port Richmond HS
Joseph Malak – Age: 15, Grade: 10, School: Port Richmond HS
Genesis Taveras – Age: 18, Grade: 12, School: Clark Academy
Khaleed Sadakah – Age: 16, Grade: 12, School: Susan E. Wagner HS
Nouha Sadakah – Age: 14, Grade: 9, School: Susan E. Wagner HS
Angelina Vega – Age: 14, Grade: 10, School: Port Richmond HS