Code for USA flyer Indianapolis Public Schools, STEMNASIUM LEARNING Academy and K12 Mobility will team up for Code for the USA at Arsenal Technical High School on Saturday, August 30, 2014. Students from IPS’ four STEM-oriented schools; Arsenal Technical High School, Harshman Magnet Middle School, Thomas D. Gregg Elementary School 15 and Washington Irving Elementary School 14 will participate in this exciting event.

Over the course of the day students will learn how to create mobile apps similar to Angry Birds, Fruit Ninja and Temple Run. Students will also brainstorm, build, submit and market Android and iOS applications. Through a unique teaching concept, each attendee will discover the basics of coding and game creation. At the end of the event students will be encouraged to apply what they learned by further developing and customizing their own app.

“Learning coding empowers you to do many things you might not do otherwise,” says STEMNASIUM LEARNING Academy CEO Tariq Al-Nasir. “Some of these things include hand­crafting your own website, becoming a career coder or even starting a technology business. Most importantly, you will able to understand the technology shaping your world.”

Code for the USA partner K12 Mobility believes in the importance of the expanded use of technology in the classroom. Bob Logan, CEO of K12 Mobility, a digital learning company based in Indianapolis, Indiana, and an Arsenal Technical High School Alum, began this initiative out of his passion for giving back to the community.

This event provides a great opportunity for the community as IPS continues to expand STEM-based schools and curriculum.

Dr, Lewis D. Ferebee, IPS Superintendent says, “hands-on practical STEM experiences are invaluable for students who have an interest in this area and can also serve as a catalyst for students who have not been performing well in science and math. From this exciting one-day endeavor, students and parents will walk away with knowledge and tools that could shape promising higher education and career opportunities in a high-demand field. Thank you to Bob Logan, President and Founder of K12 Mobility and proud IPS alum for partnering with us to expose our students to the world of coding!”

Code for the USA will take place on Saturday, August 30, 2014 from 10:00 a.m – 4:00 p.m. at Arsenal Technical High School, 1500 E. Michigan St.