Hip Hop Leaders (HHL) Programmers: Our Mobile Application Development Program
Hip Hop Leaders STEM Classroom: Permanently Connecting The “Underrepresented” to the Global Economy
Our STEM Classroom is simple: We are going to teach our kids through what they treasure most―their phones and love of hip hop. Global linkage to both the World’s Hip Hop Community and the Global Economy is in the palm of their hands and a simple touch screen away. Young brilliant minds will become empowered “programmers” while learning to create and contribute to the hip hop culture they have always found a sense of belonging to. Hip Hop is what our students know, and what they trust.
How does this work? We form a Mobile Application Development team and Strategic Business Unit staffed by at-risk students. These students will learn under the professional mentorship of 1600 Avenue Consultants as well as other Industry IT and Hip Hop Culture Influencers. Our program’s initial focus will be mobile application development using Google’s Android Platform. Through the Google Play Developer Console, students will create and publish Android Apps. Monies generated will be utilized to fund 1600 Avenue learning programs and scholarships. Eventually, our learning programs will expand into Apple, iPhone, RIM Blackberry, Amazon’s Fire, and Windows Mobile Platforms.
Our program is designed to excite students. When they realize that they are developing hip hop applications, for hip hop consumers around the WORLD, they are energized. We are currently expanding our wow factor by inviting more hip-hop celebrities to join our efforts. We offer unique social entrepreneurship opportunities that benefit everyone. The celebrities allow us to develop technology products for them that further their brand and that generate profits for us and them. The best part is that the products DIRECTLY BENEFIT the futures of their young loyal fans and keep them STEM-inspired. The HHL “engineers in training” will also gain valuable end to end software life cycle exposures. Experience will range from business strategy, requirements gathering, project management, GLOBAL marketing, and design, to development, quality assurance, deployment, and maintenance. This entire learning process will be hands-on, inquiry-based learning. Our technology lab essentially turns into a studio. These students are learning computer science and how to be engineers while producing hip hop apps, and pushing their “product” no different than Jay Z, Drake, or Rihanna would a hit single