For Coronado High Principal Jenny Moore, watching five of her Advanced Computer Science students in the spring of 2018 lay the groundwork to create a custom mobile application for the Coronado Schools Foundation Local’s Card program was truly a moment of gratitude and reflection. “Just 10 years ago, we did not have these rigorous STEAM pathways in place with our robotics and engineering programs only in their earliest stages. I could never have imagined having both the funds available and students enrolled in cutting-edge classes to design a custom mobile application,” said Principal Moore. Under the guidance of instructor Patricia Samora, five students vigorously worked on the app as their final class project: Seniors Padraig MacGabann, Olsen Durkovich & Anibal Ramirez; Junior Jack Wang; and Freshman Zane Clark.
Padraig MacGabban, now a freshman at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at University of California, San Diego, majoring in computer science commented, “I was able to leverage the programming skills I learned at Coronado High to lead the development team for CSF’s Local Card application. Working on a project with a real-life application has developed both my software development and project management skills. I am grateful to CSF for funding STEAM pathways like engineering, coding and robotics.”