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Mobile apps! Fun games, information gadgets, and simulations for your cell phone or tablet. In this challenge, you will find out more about the field of interaction design and learn some of the principles of designing an app for an end user. You will learn how to use App Inventor, a free tool from MIT to help you quickly and easily create cool new apps of your own design!

The final challenge will require you to identify a mobile app need and design and build an app to fill that need. Be creative!




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Age: 10 - 24+


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Complete the SINGLE Activity

App Survey

Review the variety of apps available today and ask your friends and family about their favorites.

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Complete the SINGLE Activity

Get started with App Inventor

Set up your account and build the Hello Purr app!

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Complete the SINGLE Activity

Review & Modify: Magic 8 Ball App

Write a review of an app that would help somebody else decide if they would like to download and use the app.

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Complete the SINGLE Activity

Build It!

What you've been waiting for: it's time to start creating your app in App Inventor!

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Complete the SINGLE Activity

Think Like a User

Great designers are able to think like their end user, no matter who it is. Get into the mind of the user!

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Complete the SINGLE Activity

Build Your App Inventing Skills

Dive Deeper into App Inventor

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Complete the SINGLE Activity

Revise and Share Your Finished Mobile App!

You've received feedback from the App Inventor experts and your own usability testers. Now it's time to polish and share your mobile app.

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Complete the SINGLE Activity

Build, Test, Redesign... a Prototype!

You have your idea for your first mobile app; now it's time to continue the design process and get started with the building stage.

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