Technovation Challenge encourages a suite of transferable skills in our students that reach beyond a traditional, classroom-based computer science curriculum. The curriculum has the direct, hands-on application of creating a personally relevant mobile app instead of taking a programming test in a classroom. The interdisciplinary focus on applied computer science and business encourages girls to work as part of a team to create an original and relevant product. The Pitch events challenge the girls further by asking them to communicate their ideas, process, and final product to an audience and panel of experts.
Our curriculum utilizes App Inventor and Thunkable, block-based languages that are ideal for beginners because they have a visual (rather than textual) interface, which demonstrates programming concepts in a very intuitive and straightforward way. These apps are used by high-level universities such as MIT, USF, and Wellesley, as well as other youth-oriented app development programs such as Apps for Good.