I know there are a lot of courses and websites out there showing you how to build your own mobile app, but as this one carries the imprimatur of MIT it may be worth investigating, if you’re interested in this area.
Featuring colorful graphics and easy-to-follow instructions, it will show readers how to create six different apps, including a working piano, a maze game, and a chat app to communicate with friends.
The publishers write:
“Readers will also learn about young inventors already using their own apps to make a difference in their communities, such as the girls from Moldova whose app helps alert residents when local well water is contaminated. Or the boys from Malden, Massachusetts, whose app lets users geotag potholes to alert city hall when repairs are needed. With this inspiring guide, curious young dreamers can become real inventors with real-world impact.”
Interestingly, the book is based on the work of MIT App Inventor, a major research project of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory. MIT are the inspired people who also brought the world Scratch, of course.
Have you ever wanted to build your own mobile app? BECOME AN APP INVENTOR—based on @MITAppInventor's revolutionary program—lets you do just that. Create six different apps, including your own chat app. Coming early 2022! @SelimTezel @MIT_CSAIL https://t.co/b2HzUPYijk pic.twitter.com/XHdAyaaG0F
— MITeen Press (@MITeenPress) August 24, 2021
It’s not here yet, note. It’s due out in February.
Karen Lang worked for several years as a software engineer before turning to education, where she has spent twenty years teaching computer science. She has worked as education manager for MIT App Inventor since 2015, developing tutorials and curriculum and doing outreach to teachers and students. For five years, she also served on the board of directors for the Computer Science Teachers Association.
Selim Tezel joined the App Inventor team in 2018 as a curriculum developer. With over twenty years of international teaching experience, he recently he worked as a curriculum designer at the Education Development Center, which aims to make computer science more accessible and enjoyable.
Become An App Inventor details
Title: Become An App Inventor – The official guide from MIT App Inventor
Author: Karen Lang, Selim Tezel
Publisher: MITeen Press
Date: 8 February 2022