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I’ve always thought App Boot Camp was an ambitious project.

Last year, when MentorMob, Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana, and Motorola Mobility Foundation joined forces as winners in the Digital Media & Learning Competition, I thought to myself—giving girls the chance to discover an interest in app development is a great idea, but it’s going to be a challenge.

Because programming is hard! Not only does it take a lot of time to learn how to be a developer—it takes a lot of time to develop even once you ARE a developer.

But with the combination of MentorMob‘s online content delivery system (complete with built-in user behavior analytics, assessments, and social features), Girl Scouts GCNWI’s time tested learning curriculum, and Motorola Mobility Foundation’s software expertise, girls have been empowered to build Android applications that allow them to play games, learn logic in the process, and display digital badges advertising their new skills on a digital sash.

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How badges look displayed in the Mozilla Badge Backpack

Using MIT’s App Inventor—a program that breaks distinct lines of code into building blocks users assemble together to determine how an app looks and what it does—girls are able to build something impressive that they can show off to friends and family, and which (hopefully!) hooks them on STEM learning for life.

And once their app is complete, girls can choose to push their new digital badge to the Mozilla Open Badge Backpack, which makes it possible to show off their accomplishment anywhere online.

You can register for App Boot Camp and learn more about the program on the Girl Scouts GCNWI website.