Daniel Calzaretta

Pioneer Middle School
Walla Walla, WA

Project Description:

Calzaretta’s winning program, “iCreate: App Incubator Project,” is designed to tap into students’ interest in technology. Students in the program will learn the process of creating applications for mobile devices instead of just using them. The technology program is unique because it takes students through the entire process of creating applications including app design, testing, refining and marketing. App creation is a growing industry and one in which people of all ages can participate. One of the objectives of the program is to increase access to technology and to help bridge the “digital divide” since many of the students do not have technology available at home. Other objectives include building real-world skills, creating apps and helping students develop entrepreneurial skills. Community service will also be encouraged through a “student technology team.” For the community service, students will teach technology skills to others in the school and community including teaching senior citizens how to use mobile devices such as the Apple iPad. Sales of the apps will help the program become self-sustaining. Calzaretta, who lives in Walla Walla, hopes the “incubator” program will help students develop analytical and critical thinking skills that they can spread into other areas of curriculum.