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App Design: Transform Ideas into Reality

January 29 - March 8, 2024


Grades 6 - 8



Skills Learned:

● Problem-Solving
● Communication and Cooperative Learning
● CS - Computing Systems
● 1B-CS-01 - Describe how internal and external parts of computing devices function to
form a system.
● 1B-CS-02 - Model how computer hardware and software work together as a system
to accomplish tasks.


Classtimes will be coordinated between the Lead Teacher and Teacher Fellow

Session Length:

January 29 - March 8, 2024

Number of Sessions:

1 of 2

This course will be part of an ongoing research study by AIR, in collaboration with CWW, the CERES Institute for Children & Youth at Boston University, and the Rennie Center. The study aims to understand teacher and student experiences in the CWW initiative, including factors influencing effective implementation, and outcomes.


Course Program:

Ever wished for an app that could solve a real-world problem? In this course, students will bring
their ideas to life using the universal systems model in computing. They will harness the power of
problem-solving, creativity, and innovation to design an app that addresses a pressing real-world
issue. No coding experience is necessary! Over eight engaging lessons, you'll master the art of
crafting app concepts that can make a meaningful impact. Explore the problem-solving process
and learn how to apply the universal systems model to create effective solutions. By course end,
students will collaborate with their peers on a group project that transforms their app concept into
a reality. So, if you've ever thought, "I wish there were an app for this," this course is your chance
to turn that wish into a design that could impact your community.

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Raushanah Muhammad

Raushanah began her teaching career in 2015 after working for over 14
years as an civil-environmental project engineer. Since changing careers, Raushanah has worked as a STEM specialist within the Boston Public Schools and uses an integrated approach to teaching science, engineering
design, physics, coding, digital and financial literacy in grades 6-8.
Additionally, she has worked in education settings within the Department of
Youth Services, where she integrated math, HiSET test prep, and career readiness skills. In addition to her classroom teaching, she continues her volunteer work in community outreach and public service, tutoring math, curating STEM enrichment, summer programs and camps.

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