Computer App “Boot Camp” for Local Teens
Local teens from the seacoast area spent their summer developing mobile apps ranging from games to password organization systems as part of a computer programming “boot camp” at Great Bay CC. The program, called Jumpstart Mobile Application Development Boot Camp, was developed to attract more students at a young age to computer-science related fields, to fill the high-tech jobs of the future.
The summer-long program brought teens to the college to work with instructors from the computer technologies department. At the end of the program, the youths were eager to present the mobile apps they created. Some were games, like a simple slot machine developed by Nicholas Waite, 15, of Greenland. Others, like Joey Carberry’s app that helps people organize and store website passwords, have more practical uses. Carberry, 14, of Rye, entered his freshman year at Portsmouth High School this fall.
Kevin Szmyd, 14, of Rye, developed a complicated game that converts a word into a series of numbers. The object is to figure out what the word is. It is possible to solve with logic, although Szmyd acknowledged it still needs work to be accessible to the general public. “It’s a game for smart people,” he said. “Right now, it’s just mind-numbingly difficult.”
His father, Lucien Szmyd, said his son is an avid fan of Steve Jobs and hopes to follow in his idol’s footsteps. “Kevin loves it,” he said of the class, which gave the teens a chance to experience taking a course at Great Bay CC. “When he gets home, he says “Dad, look what I did today.””
The program was developed by Great Bay CC and partners that included the NH Innovation and Commercialization Center and Greater Portsmouth Chamber of Commerce.
(Information from the Portsmouth Herald, www.seacoastonline.com)