Fostering Hands-on Learning: Student-Crafted Digital Solutions for School

Knowledge has to be applied to realise its value. With no-code development, students can create APPs to test ideas and make instant modifications, after learning the setup of no-code platforms and the logic of developing APPs, encouraging them to unleash creative thinking. MakerBay Foundation collaborates with various schools and institutions to host no-code courses to build their portfolios while enhancing competitiveness in the job market. The no-code course held in collaboration with the HKMA David Li Kwok Po College not only trained students with hands-on skills but also empowered them to create solutions successfully applied on campus.
Starting from September 2023, we conducted a 4-month, 9-session no-code course for Form 3 students of the HKMA David Li Kwok Po College. The first 4 sessions mainly focused on learning Glide where students found it fascinating to create APPs by dragging and dropping components and connecting data. They realised that refining designs based on user experience, rather than just the logic behind the code, requires more effort.

Putting Knowledge into Practice: Designing Booth Game APP for School Open Day​

One student, Ho, took the learning to practice and voluntarily created an app specifically for booth games during the school open day. This app optimised participant experience and simplified staff workflows. Upon logging into the app, visitors received an automatically generated barcode. After completing the booth games, staff easily scanned the barcode for record-keeping. With this app, visitors could track their game progress, accumulate points, and redeem prizes. The staff responsible for prize redemption also avoided paper-based records, speeding up work efficiency. Ho also added mini-games to the app, allowing visitors to spend their time while queuing and providing information about each booth along with a lucky draw feature.
Ho also led a briefing to all the staff to introduce the app and made final adjustments. Over the two-day open day, the app was used by over 1000 people, and all users found it smooth and user-friendly. Mr. Leung, the teacher who is responsible for information technology, was delighted to see Ho fearlessly tackling challenges and overcoming various difficulties. On one occasion, Ho encountered database connection issues. He actively referred to online tutorials and sought guidance from teachers, eventually resolving the problem successfully. The principal was glad to see students having the opportunity to engage with new technology and develop new skill sets.

Application in Diverse Contexts: Taking Initiative to create APPs for Booths in School Bazaar

In a recent bazaar held under ‘Business, Accounting, and Financial Studies (BAFS)’, F.3 students had to develop a booth and share responsibilities such as preparing the stock, promotion, booth design, and more. Surprisingly, they integrated their previously learned no-code skills into their booth and developed applications with features such as product catalogues, inventory management, pre-orders, purchase records, and online payments. Mastering the logic and workflow to create applications, it only took them 2-3 days after class to complete it successfully. We believe that in the future, they will be able to create more digital solutions for different scenarios using no-code tools independently.
This course not only equipped students with no-code skills but also inspired their interest and confidence in technological innovation, laying a solid foundation for future employment and further studies. Through hands-on learning, they not only learned technical knowledge but also cultivated teamwork, innovative thinking, problem-solving skills, and gained satisfaction from their creations. 
If you’re interested in hosting no-code courses for students in your school or organisation, feel free to contact us. We can also integrate capstone projects into the course, allowing students to put their learning into practice under mentor guidance, and develop digital solutions that meet the specific needs of the school or organisation.

Ms. Angie Zhou

Education Specialist

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Angie Zhou is an Education Specialist at MIT App Inventor. She was the founder and CEO of Dreams Come True in Shenzhen, where she developed online coding courses for kids. She also has previous curriculum development, teaching and staff training experience at First Code Academy in Hong Kong.