Gilbert's SPARK App League Teaches Kids to Code
Gilbert, Ariz.- Kids from across Arizona are learning how to code through Gilbert’s SPARK App League, a coding competition for high school and junior high students. With an advanced and beginner track, students at every level can participate in making their own working video game and learn coding skills in the process. This year’s competition focused on incorporating a theme of “City of the Future” and inspired ideas for games based on time travel, adventure and more.
The competition is hosted by Gilbert, Arizona in partnership with Arizona State University’s Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering and sponsored by Waymo. Volunteers from companies like Deloitte also attend to assist students and provide feedback for the creation of their games.
Gilbert Classical Academy student Shravya Aragam said she’s always been interested in video games but was discouraged because she was a girl. “When I see so many women even in this room working and asking me if I need any help, it gives me the sense of hope,” she said, “that one day I could be in their place helping future generations as well.”
In addition to the annual coding competition, Gilbert will soon launch its coding club that will let students create civic-minded projects with SPARK App League throughout the school year.
For more information on SPARK App League and to learn how to participate visit sparkappleague.com.
Best Overall Game
Kernel Panic- Advanced
Tommy Blunt, Lucas Shaw, and Ian Sugg
Abraxis Drift -Beginner
Brady Waner, Donovan Harp, and Empress Ragsdale
“Model Citizen” Award – Best Represents the “City of the Future”
Campo Verde 2: Electric Boogaloo- Advanced
Kylie Dumas and Brandon Jerrell
Keilani Uehara, Grace Guentzel, and Mars Kapadia
Best Technical Game
NaCl-y Boi- Advanced
Alex Kokona, Takota Nelson, and Derek Scandrett
Solomon Rokusek, Major Turley, and Aiden Scott
Best Visual Design
Fornite Force- Beginner
Ryan Cabrera, Ty Gonzales, and Jeffy Yu
Best Game Design
Creative Team Name- Advanced
Scott Ford, Jacob Heaton, and Mitchell Buckner
Highland Junior High Scratch- Beginner
Victoria Wang, Amanda Flickinger, and Will Montgomery