CHS computer students produce apps for the Global Marketplace

Carrollton High School students Zeke Ussery, Brantley Colquitt and Will Nixon created the Trojan Map app for iOS, which provides a map to faculty and students to help find their way around the Carrollton City Schools campus. The project had 16 student contributors with roughly 40,000 lines of code.

More than half of the students involved in the Computer Science Pathway at Carrollton High have published new works into the Global Marketplace.

Collectively, the program has published five iOS apps, three Android apps, 14 SnapChat filters, and more than 20 Roblox games.

Robby Blakemore, CHS computer science instructor, said the year has been full of amazing projects for the program.

One of his favorites to date, he said, was an app students made to help individuals find their way around the Carrollton City Schools campus.

“I loved the Trojan Map app for iOS,” said Blakemore. “This app is a favorite of mine because it took a large team of students to develop it.”

Blakemore said the idea was pretty straight forward, and to implement it, students would need to collect GPS coordinates around the campus as well as a diagrammed points of interest.

“Once we had the data, the students programmed each point into geometric shapes representing the classroom and various amenities,” said Blakemore.

“This task resulted in 40,000 lines of code, which easily exceeds any previous project.”

Blakemore said he would encourage students interested in a computer science career, to continue refining their ability to learn.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, jobs for computer and information technology occupations will increase by approximately 13% from 2020 to 2030.

“Technology will continue to change and chances are that what you learn today won’t be relevant tomorrow,” said Blakemore.

“However, understanding how to be a good learner is a skill that will never go away. And soon every industry will require some kind of computational thinking. Having a framework for how to think like a computer will be essential for every career in the future.”

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