The app, called MCS-GO, puts all of the basic information of every school in the district at the swipe of your finger. "The app is sleek, it's simple, you don't have to learn it -- it just works," said Daniel Whitt, Coordinator for Instructional Technology.
It allows you to look up every school in the district, with the ability to call the school, go to their website, or even get GPS directions from wherever you are. It gives you everything you need to know as a parent, or student; which is probably why it was built by one. "I have never built an app before. In fact, I know no one who has built one before," said Whitt.
The school system didn't outsource the application to a company for them to create. Instead, they got a student. "I'm a natural nerd, if you'd say, " said Peter West.
West is a senior at James Clemens, and the new intern at central office. "I've always been very interested in computers and software/hardware side of things," said West.
He was just the guy they were looking for, ready to jump in feet first to build the app from scratch. "I didn't have a whole lot of coding experience before I came here and so I researched a lot, and read a lot. And fixed one problem and researched about the next problem," said West.
It took less than five weeks to finish, and proved that no matter your age, no matter your background, you can do anything you set your mind to. "It's amazing what our students can do. They think differently than we do and our number one job as educators is to inspire and empower our students and to trust them," said Whitt.
The next step for the app is to add push alerts for all app users. If you'd like to try out the app, here's a link to download the app in iTunes.
They hope to have an Android version next year.