UMES teaming up with Apple, other HBCUs to teach students how to design and create apps
PRINCESS ANNE, Md. – The University of Maryland Eastern Shore is teaming up with apple to help students build coding skills when it comes to designing and creating apps. But UMES says it’s not just about giving students. It’s also about inspiring entrepreneurship. “It allows them to also practice their entrepreneurial spirit, in terms of maybe eventually starting their own businesses designing apps for the Apple store,” said Dean of UMES’ School of Business and Technology Dr. Derrek Dunn.
Next year, students at UMES will be able to get hands-on knowledge about how to write code for an Apple compatible app in two brand new courses. Dr. Dunn says teaming up with Apple’s Community Education Initiative and HBCU Tennessee State University’s C-squared initiative will make the program even stronger. “It gives us a lot of additional infrastructure and knowledge – access to knowledge that we can share across this consortium to gain additional expertise that Apple has,” said Dr. Dunn.
Dr. Weiwei Stone is a computer science professor at UMES, and is tasked with putting together the courses. She says Students will learn how to code in the Swift language with computers provided by Apple. Dr. stone also tells 47ABC that she lead a project where students created an app that helps other students learn calculus. She says based off the success of that project, she’s confident this one will be even better. “That was very successful. So I’m glad I have a chance to introduce more students to develop the mobile apps,” said Dr. Stone.
Dr. Stone says that one of the courses will be designed for computer science majors and the other will be for any students who are interested. The university also says that there will be opportunities for professional development for faculty as well.
Plus, Dr. Stone says she hopes to extend the program to the community through workshops for middle or high school students. “Some of them are finding their potential in computer science, which will lead to their future academic study,” said Dr. Stone.