The game show “Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader” showcases the smarts of elementary school-aged kids, but their skills can’t hold a candle to those of the students who participated in Hello World Demo Day.
At the event, 80 fourth-, fifth-, and sixth-graders designed mobile apps through the after-school engineering program and created 12 prototypes. They worked on these in six sessions over the course of three weeks, and on Demo Day, they debuted their finished products.
Some of the apps they created do everything from helping kids navigate middle-school campuses to homework help. There were awards for different categories such as “most innovative app idea” and “making hard choices.”
The overall winner was team eBay Pandas for a homework helper app that could control a room’s lighting and music while doing homework.
James Caras of Macmillian Learning raised the valid point that, “A lot of the things these kids are talking about we are talking about every day.”
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