Cousins Avintha & Nihitha plan to build a mental-health app that will help their community. The focus is on teens and high school students.
The high schoolers, who are a part of the technologically-focused Code Wiz of Westborough, realized that with the stress of the pandemic in addition to their own mental illnesses – there is a need for such support.
“They decided they want to help their community because they did a lot of research and found there’s not any mental health apps specifically targeted to teenagers,” Code Wiz Director Madison Ducote said. “They’re normally for everybody or targeted to adults.”
Avintha, Nihitha and others will work with Technovation Girls on Code Wiz. Girls from around the world can participate in this competition to discover and apply technology in real life situations. Remote work is possible in Texas.
Code Wiz offers classes in Massachusetts and New Jersey. This program allows kids to explore programming, robotics, and technology through classes.
“I’m just so happy with these two very, very smart, driven high school students,”Ducote declared. “We meet with them twice a week. They’re so driven and they want to help their community, and I love that they’re taking these themes and concepts and helping out the community.”
Right before the outbreak, Code Wiz Westborough opened. Every student is encouraged to develop problem-solving and team building skills by working individually or collectively on various projects.
“One of our students made a PokeDeck,”Ducote declared. “He made a robot that when you put a picture in a slot, it could identify what Pokemon it was and give a description of it.”
In the hopes that students’ work can lead to new technologies, they work on projects. They need to learn how coaches can teach the courses they are teaching.
“A lot of times they get to come in and they say what they want to do today,”Ducote declared. “The coach figures out how to let the student dictate the class even though the coach is still having them hit those curriculum points.”
Ducote explained that many of the skills and knowledge that students acquire can be transferred to other disciplines or areas at the university. kids’ lives.
Westborough Code Wiz will compete in additional robotics competitions, including the First LEGO League. This competition will introduce STEM to the public. kids between the ages of 4 and 16 through hands-on real world problem-solving experiences.
Four students recently competed at the organization’s first excursion to First LEGO League. The four-year collaboration was to build a robot capable of overcoming obstacles. Ducote said that the team had to present a plan.
“It was a lot of fun,”Ducote declared. “We’ll be doing that every year … We’d love to enter as many competitions as we could. It’s so fun to see the students so motivated and see them excel in the competitions.”
They are so engaged and invested in the program they can’t help but be involved. Ari Johnson is one student that has been a coach to others.
Johnson joined Code Wiz as a student in 2018. Johnson joined Code Wiz Westford to pursue his love for gaming.
“I wanted to make video games,”Johnson declared. “I started to learn Java and then Unity, which is like a big gaming software.”
Johnson was just 13 when he began volunteering. Johnson is now just 14 and is currently a Code Wiz Westborough mentor.
“Code Wiz was really helpful for me in learning how to code,”Johnson spoke. “I wanted to be able to help other kids learn too.”
Johnson teaches remotely but students can still interact and learn from Johnson’s visual coding and game programming courses while they work on their own creative projects.
Johnson could teach one-on-1 classes. Johnson also may have a small group of students who work together on their computers. He has each student share their screen so that they can show what they’re working on but also brainstorm and work together.
He teaches Roblox, which allows users to create their own games, as well as Minecraft, a 3D video game where players choose how they’d like to play the game.
“Kids still love Minecraft. It’s kind of an ageless game,”Johnson spoke. “Anyone can like Minecraft. It remains so popular for so long.”
Johnson stated that he was inspired by Minecraft to learn coding.
“Seeing their eyes light up for when something works for the first time or when they’ve been doing all of this work and working through all of these problems or they’ve been working on a problem and then all of a sudden figure it out,”Ducote said, “that’s just the absolute best.”