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Rob Parke doesn’t just develop apps. He teaches others how to build their own apps, too. Rob works at USC in Los Angeles in the Information Technology Program (ITP), where he is a part of the Viterbi School of Engineering. Interestingly, their main mission there is to teach technology-related courses to non-engineers.
“My enjoyment comes from teaching students how to develop mobile apps,” says Parke. “For most of them, it is the first time their programming experience comes to life in the real world.”
Who doesn’t love robots? Most of us only get to see them in TV or movies, but if you’re lucky, you might get to work with them every day, and even be in a position to help other people learn to love robots as much as you do. For Thomas Eng, an engineer at Manchester, New Hampshire-based US FIRST, he gets to share his joy for robotics with young people around the world.
At the recent Android Developer Conference (AnDevCon) in Boston, I presented “Developer Journey into the Internet of Things (IoT),” to software developers contemplating the move into building for IoT. I want to share with you some of the highlights from that keynote session.
Here’s a guest post from Ken Johnson, national director for First Tech Challenge. FTC is a program of local events in which students in grades 7 through 12 design, build and program robots to compete against other teams. This year’s kickoff is on September 12, when FTC’s “Sport for the Mind” extends to software development on Android and the Snapdragon™ processor.
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