Chaney students may have app for that

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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) — Chaney High School students will be making their mark on the tech world this semester.

Junior Achievement of the Mahoning Valley and the Youngstown Business Incubator teamed up to create the Youngstown Code Academy, a 10-week after-school program. Students will spend the first half of the two-hour program in Junior Achievement’s Entrepreneurship Program and the second hour will be spent on the Code Academy.

The 11 students, all juniors and seniors, will learn about product development and form their own business plan. They ultimately will create an app for smartphones or tablets that will actually make it to the market.

“We will actually have YBI coders and developers that will be working specifically with the students to really teach them, how to develop a product and how to grow the software,” said Rose Shaffer from the Youngstown Business Incubator.

The Youngstown Code Academy received funding from the Youngstown Community Foundation’s Young Philanthropist Fund.

“The app I was going to create, a Chaney STEM app to help other kids with the ability to learn and kids with IEP so they can take it a step forward,” said Chaney senior Breona Taylor.

“I want to become a mechanical engineer and a game designer. So I thought this would be a good idea to give me some insight how to do that kind of stuff,” said junior Ryan McKinney.

“I saw how they were building apps on The Big Bang Theory and I thought maybe me and my friends could do that too,” said senior Ashanti Patmon.

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