This month-long course gives learners a unique firsthand experience on the Apple platform and an opportunity to learn about careers in the tech industry. Students will be introduced to the Swift programming language, basic app design and development principles, and will prototype an original app idea. The courses will be led remotely by a team of local Grand Circus instructors with small learner-to-mentor ratios.
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The training is open to anyone in the Michigan area looking to explore the start of a career in mobile design. It is primarily intended for participants who are still underrepresented in digital technology: women, non-graduates, people from priority neighborhoods or rural areas, but also people in retraining.
People of different technical levels and backgrounds will be learning alongside one another, which enhances creativity in mobile app designs and sparks a rich exchange.
All classes and group projects will take place online, with a live instructor. Class times are Eastern Standard Time.
No previous tech education or experience is needed to participate, but the following characteristics and steps are highly recommended:
While this is an introductory-level experience, you will gain many transferable and job-readiness skills that will help you advance and define your career path:
Challenge-based learning (CBL) is a versatile framework for identifying, investigating, and solving problems. It breaks the process down into three phases: Engage, Investigate, and Act.
Classes will consist of instruction sessions, lab time, interactive workshops, and consultations. Each class will be taught through live instruction, online. You'll be collaborating during class and lab time with a small number of students.
Classes run five days per week. Each day will have a structured agenda, which you'll receive along with your kit at the start of the program. You'll be guided through the challenge framework to complete all coursework. At the end of the program each student will present their work for feedback.