7th Grader Writes iPhone App to Win API Competition

7th Grader Writes iPhone App to Win API Competition

A student from St. Mary’s Catholic School in Spokane, WA has won a contest sponsored by Sycamore Education.  The contest was designed to promote Sycamore’s recently released public API for their Sycamore School product.


Aaron first heard of the contest from his father, Drew, who works on the technology committee at St. Mary’s. Drew was interested in using the Sycamore API to pull data from within Sycamore to use on the school’s public website and in custom applications. His son, who was a 7th grader at the school, heard about the API and became excited. Aaron was enrolled in Harvard University’s CS50 online course at the time and wanted to build an app from scratch as his final project in the class.


Aaron decided to write an app for his required course work but also so that he could support his school in the process. With a little guidance from his father and the technology committee at the school, Aaron created an app that used data from Sycamore School for the students at St. Mary’s to use to check their homework and grades.



As part of the CS50 class requirements, all students had to create a 2 minute video about their project that overviews some of the technical details and the story behind the project. You can see Aaron’s video above.


Aaron used the programming language Swift to build the app for the iPhone. The code that was used to build the application is also hosted on Github


Completing a college level course while still in middle school is no small task. Sycamore is very happy to see young students dive head first into the wonderful world of programming as well as making an impact in their school communities at such an early age. Aaron is a very bright student and we wish him the best of luck in his future endeavors!

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