MINNEAPOLIS, Minn - A University of Minnesota student appears to have a bright future in the tech world. His creative app took first place in a nationwide coding contest sponsored by Pearson. This is the second year Pearson has sponsored the contest which requires students to create apps designed to help others learn.
Alex Ngure, who created Crowd Learn, won $5,000. The app allows students to share resources they found useful, and create and find study groups. It also helps instructors evaluate their students' learning by providing statistics of what the students are discussing.
Ngure said his app also helps students whose native language is not English take online tests more effectively by ensuring they can define words they don't understand while taking the test.
"One of the reasons the app won first place was because the likelihood of success they thought that out of the apps submitted, Crowd Learn has the greatest chance of succeeding," Ngure said. "It is designed to have a very social media feel to it. You can use it to study but in a way that you use other apps like Facebook or Twitter."
Last December, Pearson participated in the Hour of Code campaign, an initiative to help 10 million students and adults learn computer programming during Computer Science Education Week. The campaign was led by Code.org and was designed to "demystify" computer science and call attention to the benefits of learning this foundational skill.