July 2016 — At St. Bernard High School, 20 students took a weeklong Computer Coding class taught by instructor Gloria Kimbwala of Square, Inc. Students learned to code in HTML and Java Script and built their own apps. The new coders eventually designed and built mockups of their apps using MIT’s App Inventor software.
One app, “Helping Hands” built by sophomore Ani M. matched the specific needs of homeless people to individual donors. Ani stated, “”It was a really great experience. I was surprised by how much I was able to learn and accomplish in such a short amount of time. We were all able to create apps and websites in only three days. This class also led me to think about pursuing a career in engineering and coding.”
Another group built an app called “College Center” that aims to connect college students with new friends based on common interests. For the sports minded, other groups built a basketball game called “Play with Kobe” for Laker fans who miss Kobe Bryant now that he has retired. “Sports Mania” is an app that combines multiple sports into a challenging game environment, and “Sound Board” gathered all the group’s favorite sounds and songs into one place in one custom soundboard. You can view pictures here.
Instructor Gloria Kimbwala is a software engineer who currently works at Square, Inc., a startup company in San Franciscothat has enjoyed immense success as a mobile payment processor. Ms. Kimbwala advocates for Diversity and Women in Tech, and she is the leader of Square’s College Code Camp, now in its sixth year. The program, and St. Bernard’s athletic and academic programs, were generously supported by Jarmal Richard ’87 and the American Business Forum with their donation of fifteen brand new Mac computers which our students used during this class. Guest speaker Mylene Barretto of Rubicon Project also spoke about her career in the tech industry.
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