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Unlock the world of Android app design with hands-on creativity.


Students will learn the basics of Android app design and event-driven programming. Using the MIT App Inventor, we will create app background screens and then add elements such as pictures, drawing canvases and buttons. Students will design a variety of simple games and utility apps. We also will learn how to incorporate events so app users can interact with the different elements. For a final project, students will work in groups to design and test their own mobile app. No prior computer experience is required.

What You Will Learn


Students in Android App Design will:

  • Get an overview of the mobile app industry
  • Get an introduction to MIT App Inventor
  • Create a variety of simple apps for Android devices, such as a virtual pet, a ball-bounce app and a finger-painting app
  • Learn to add a timer component to an app
  • Create simple games
  • Learn about procedures, variables, conditional “if” statements and loops
  • Get an introduction to event-driven programming
  • Design an original Android app and implement and test it

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Note: Upon successful enrollment of a section, students will receive a confirmation email from our Student Services team. This email will include a link to an authorization form that is required to be completed within 72-hours of enrollment. 

Course Number: CSE-90150
Credit: 1.50 unit(s)

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