Basking Ridge, NJ – On July 24, six elementary school students who were enrolled as aspiring entrepreneurs in Pingry’s Hi-Tech “Think Up” Camp, part of Big Blue Summer Academics, unveiled their app and robotic prototypes to friends, faculty, and the Pingry community. App Prototypes created by Hi-Tech “Think Up” campers will be submitted to the Google Play Store and/or App Store, to be published and available for download. Big Blue Summer Academics offers an eight-week Hi-Tech Camp targeted at elementary and middle school students seeking an enrichment or dedicated course in the areas of programming, robotics, app and game development, and entrepreneurship.
“Think Up” students previously participated in Pingry’s Hi-Tech Camp programs that provided them with technical knowledge and motivated them to enroll in this entrepreneurial setting. Boys and girls applied their skills to devise concepts with specific functions that provide viable solutions to original problems. In addition to creating a prototype, participants learned how to create a business plan, conduct consumer surveys and marketing research, formulate a cost analysis, and produce a business model to support the launch of their concept.
Students who participated in Pingry’s Hi-Tech “Think Up” camp are as follows:
Elbert Ho, a resident of Warren, NJ, used Makey Makey, app development software GameSalad, and LEGOs to formulate Trividy, an application to alleviate kids’ boredom. This trivia game uses open-ended questions to test knowledge and accuracy of a broad range of topics.
Inchara Hosanager, a resident of Basking Ridge, NJ, used GameSalad to develop the concept of a get-away three-tiered membership card program, Access Pass. The goal is to accrue and maximize points, rewards, and discounts for hotels, dining, and airlines. All points earned through AccessPass never expire and can be rolled over from month-to-month and between the cards.
Ivan Konovalov, a resident of Basking Ridge, NJ, used a LEGO® MINDSTORMS® EV3 kit to devise Height Rater, a reliable measurement sensor system to help streamline the waiting time for safety compliance with rides at amusement parks. This sensor also benefits the medical community, as a patient-driven tool to conduct height measurements at yearly check-ups.
Abigail Lee, a resident of Basking Ridge, NJ, and a current cat owner, used GameSalad to design Pet Translator to help owners decipher cat sounds and communicate with them accordingly. Additionally, this app detects movement and provides easy-to-follow instructions to train one’s cat.
Renny Mirliss, a resident of Summit, NJ, was inspired by his personal “to-do list” and used GameSalad to build the mobile application, Chores Helper. This application is targeted at children with Smartphones to manage the chores that they tend to forget.
Daphne Wong, a resident of Hong Kong, China, created a therapeutic app, the Happiness Increaser, as an interactive self-help tool. It was designed with GameSalad and identifies four possible emotions (sad, nervous, angry, and tried) that one can be feeling, and, based on the person’s input, offers a song to increase happiness.
“It is an inspiring environment to allow children to apply the wonders of programming, engineering and robotics and watch how they evolve into problem-solvers, designers, collaborators, programmers, engineers, and, ultimately, entrepreneurs. Summer 2015 has truly been a wondrous time of invention at our Hi-Tech ‘Think Up’ Camp,” noted Director of Summer Academics and Pingry Middle School history teacher Mark Facciani.
About The Pingry School
The Pingry School is recognized throughout the United States for its academic excellence, Honor Code, arts, athletics, and universal concern among faculty for each student in the school. The school’s mission is to foster in students a lifelong commitment to intellectual exploration, individual growth, and social responsibility, while preparing them to be global citizens and leaders of the 21st century. It does this by providing an unparalleled intellectual experience for its students while guiding their development as people of honor and character. Pingry, a K-12 coeducational, independent country day school, was founded in 1861 in Elizabeth, New Jersey by Dr. John F. Pingry and is spread over two campuses: K-5 in Short Hills and Grades 6-12 in Basking Ridge. The diverse student body is composed of approximately 1,080 students from 103 communities and 14 counties across New Jersey and Pennsylvania. For more information visit the school’s web site, www.pingry.org.
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