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Meet the Coders: Q&A With the Student Developers Behind the EL National Conference 2014 App

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    Alexis Margolin

This year, thanks to two Kettle Falls High School students, we were able to seriously up our digital game at the EL National Conference. With the support of Project Manager and teacher Naomi Edwards, seniors Kyle Reddeman and Joshua Dugger designed this year’s National Conference #ELNC14 app. Kettle Falls High School is a small, rural Expeditionary Learning school in Washington. Below, the students reflect on how the project inspired and challenged them.

Expeditionary Learning: Why did you volunteer to work on this project?
Josh: I had a feeling that I wanted to pursue a degree in computer science, and I knew that with this opportunity, more opportunities would start showing up. I also knew that the real world experience of teamwork and deadlines is invaluable.

What excites you about the project?

Kyle: Initially, it was just the fact that I was going to take part in the construction of an app! As time passed and I realized what it took to develop an app, my excitement became more about seeing all of the hard work pay off.

What was your biggest challenge during this project?

Josh: The biggest struggle for me was having to learn new programming language while we were building the app.

How has this project contributed to your student experience?

Kyle: This project has provided me with insight into what it would be like to pursue a career in computer programming.
Josh: Thirty years from now, I know I will be able to look back on this significant moment of my high school career and be proud. Not many students get an opportunity like this.

What would you like for people using the app at National Conference to know?

Josh: When a user downloads an app, myself included, we don’t realize what had to happen for that app to be created. Development is a strenuous process, but I had a lot of fun doing it!