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Apple is once again set to inspire and empower the next generation of coding and app development enthusiasts with the launch of the 2024 Swift Student Challenge. This initiative not only recognizes outstanding talent but also provides a global platform for students to showcase their coding prowess. In a bid to further bolster interest in this vital skill set, Apple has introduced a new category for 50 Distinguished Winners, elevating the experience for participants.
Apple’s commitment to supporting and recognizing student developers has never been stronger. Susan Prescott, Apple’s VP of Worldwide Developer Relations and Education & Enterprise Marketing, emphasizes this dedication, stating, “We know that students are eager to learn coding skills to solve challenges they care about.” This sentiment is echoed through various initiatives aimed at nurturing young talent.
To facilitate app development in educational settings, Apple is collaborating with educators worldwide. The introduction of four new Everyone Can Code Projects is set to revolutionize the way coding is taught. These step-by-step resources empower educators to teach students SwiftUI, modern UI design, and app-building technologies, making coding and app development more accessible than ever.
The New Projects:
- Design a Simple App: Students embark on a journey of app design fundamentals, using Keynote to create prototypes, practice rapid prototyping, and gather feedback.
- Build with Stacks and Shapes: Students dive into Swift Playgrounds, crafting self-portraits or art using SwiftUI to grasp the essentials of user interface design.
- Build Custom Shapes: Taking app interfaces to the next level, students design and code custom shapes using SwiftUI, enhancing their app development skills.
- Design an App Icon: Applying design principles, students create unique, memorable app icons that effectively communicate ideas, all within Swift Playgrounds.
Apple’s new coding and app development resources, including the Everyone Can Code Projects, are readily available in the Apple Education Community. This platform empowers educators to access resources, connect with peers, and enhance their teaching methodologies.
Swift Playgrounds 4.4 offers support for Swift 5.9, alongside SDKs for iPadOS 17 and macOS Sonoma. This ensures that students have access to the latest tools and technologies, keeping them at the forefront of app development.
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Apple’s Community Education Initiative spans nearly 100 countries, providing crucial support to educational partners. Organizations like the National Coalition of Certification Centers (NC3) play a pivotal role in offering professional development opportunities for instructors, particularly in teaching App Development with Swift. Together, they are working towards enabling more students to submit their app projects for the Swift Student Challenge in 2024.