App Happens


App Happens
7/22/2011 10:35:08 AM

Five Jonesboro EAST programs kick off summer EAST After Hours project, “App Happens”.

“App Happens”, an EAST After Hours grant program, utilizes the skills and creativity of students from the Annie Camp Jr. High, MacArthur Jr. High, Nettleton Jr. High, Nettleton High, and Valley View High EAST programs to benefit a potential of 200,000 visitors to Craighead Forest Park.

The students are creating an app for smartphones that will use GPS/GIS technology to create a GIS map (like the map on your car’s GPS unit) that has the walking and biking trails of Craighead Forest. The app will also include information on park amenities such as the location of pavilions, picnic tables, playgrounds, ball fields, basketball courts, disc golf, etc. 

In addition to the smartphone app, students will use building design software in their classrooms to design a new Welcome Center, which they will also help build. The center will provide a detailed map of the park, created by students, as well as smaller map handouts.

Another element of the project is the design of fitness stations for the city to place along the walking trails in the  future, adding another fitness opportunity to the park.

This EAST After Hours project is funded by the Enhancing Education Through Technology grant made possible by the Arkansas Department of Education and is done in cooperation with the Southeast Educational Service Cooperative and the EAST Initiative.

Christopher Hicks
E.A.S.T. Facilitator
Yearbook Adviser
1814 West Nettleton
Jonesboro, Arkansas  72401
(870) 933-5820 x 247

Sandra Taylor
Nettleton High School
Environmental and Spatial Technology


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